The Destructive Nature Of Censorship Exposed In Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

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Allowing for censorship to take part in any society is a domino effect that one-by-one removes all of its citizen’s rights and freedoms. In both societies, Bradbury’s and Fahrenheit 451, the government takes the driver’s seat and regulates what info the citizens can and will receive. Not only us this limiting the amount of knowledge learned, but is also puts all the power into selective and few hands. Lifeless and powerless, citizens are falling victim as the government controls them like puppeteers. All this control by censorship will eventually lead to a totalitarian nation. In Fahrenheit 451 the main character Guy Montag lives within this constrained world. Their main source for freedom of knowledge and creativity is through books. However, that gateway is roped off by censorship, making all books illegal. The government would rather just burn the books and give society all the information they need rather than producing a two sided way that offers a choice (Pg. 76). In this dystopian society people are only being fed certain information. This becomes problematic for Montag because he was never an ordinary man. His free thinking form of intelligence quickly sets him apart from his peers. His wife Mildred on the other hand is a perfect example of one of the government’s puppets. Like the rest of society, Mildred is vacant inside and has no capability for any emotions or reason. “We need not to be let alone. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?” (Pg. 52) Here Montag directly addresses Mildred’s problem of avoiding all conflicts that would make for an intellectual being. This is because Mildred can always be found glued to the couch spending time with her family. Building dumb people, the parlor ultimately brain washes its loyal watchers in order to destroy all creative thinking, freedom and individuality. Because Mildred does not read, she remains unintelligent and is only fed specific information that the government sees fit. Consequently, the individuals who live in censorship have a preprogrammed brain and are unable to think for themselves.
Living in a society like the one found in Fahrenheit 451 sends just about all everyone over the edge from unhappiness and drives them to find an out. The first instance where Bradbury demonstrates the undesirable society is found between Montag and Clarisse. Everything seems to remain controlled and sound until Montag is asked by Clarisse, “Are you happy?” (Pg.). By responding with a no, Montag starts his desperate search for answers. “I don’t know anything anymore,” realizes Montag (Pg. 15). Comprehending that all he thought was normal is suddenly all wrong, Montag turns to books for solutions. By doing so, his mind is able to open fresh perspectives and he immediately realizes what an undesirable world he is living in. Clarisse, who is constantly rejected from her peers for partaking in abnormal activities, finds herself avoiding the things a...

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