Examples Of Censorship In Fahrenheit 451

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Is the quality of knowledge dampened when censorship is involved? In the futuristic dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, they put this question to the test. In the book, the main character, Guy Montag is a firefighter but he does not put out fires, in this world, firefighters start them. They burn the houses of which books are found because books are banned in the society. People had gotten offended by some books so they decided to ban them all. Life is going well for Montag until he meets a young girl named Clarisse. Clarisse helps Montag to realize that books should not be burned but they should be saved and taught. Within the book, Bradbury is attempting to warn us about censorship and how dangerous a thing it can become. In the world that…show more content…
TIme and time again they have proven this. They are trying to get people through school as quick as they can, “ You can't rid yourselves of all the odd ducks in just a few years. The home environment can undo a lot you try to do at school. That's why we've lowered the kindergarten age year after year until now we're almost snatching them from the cradle.” (pg 60) This oddly contradicts itself because the world has come so far and technology has become so advanced but the people are so out of it and are so disconnected from the real world. “And they’ll be happy, because facts of that sort don’t change. Don’t give them any slippery stuff like philosophy and sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy. Any man who can take a TV wall apart and put it back together again, and most men can, nowadays, is happier than any man who tries to slide-rule, measure, and equate the universe…” (pg 61) The people are giving up their knowledge for happiness, they are forced to believe that ignorance is truly bliss on everything, no matter what it

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