Fahrenheit 451 Censorship Research Paper

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The word censorship looks pretentious and rare than other words. It sounds strange and it is made from several words. “Censor” is originated from Latin “censeo” and means evaluate. The word censorship was often used in the past, and it is used when we talk about the future. It means that the word has a history and a powerful meaning to people from different epochs. Looking at the world’s history we can see that censorship was often used in the totalitarian countries. Censorship then served as a tool to maintain power. Europe experienced painful consequences of censorship in the XX century when communists and fascists came to power. They wanted to suppress human freedom by forbidding or destroying books which posed a threat to their regime.…show more content…
They imagine that technology can make people feel happy, as do not force them to think. On the contrary, according to the people, books harden their life and talk about such unpleasant things as death, pain, jealousy, anger and etc. That is why censorship and even refusing to publish and read books might appear a huge step to the perfect society to such people. A good example of such attitude is a novel of American writer R. Bradbury Fahrenheit 451 where he describes the society’s decision to ban books because they thought that books cause harm. Instead of reading books, they wanted to force people to have fun in their lives with new technology. The citizens made such a decision for themselves, not the government. As one of the book character Captain Beatty told Montag “It didn't come from the Government down. There was no dictum, no declaration, no censorship, to start with, no! Technology, mass exploitation, and minority pressure carried the trick, thank God. Today, thanks to them, you can stay happy all the time…” (Bradbury, pg.55). Those words suggest superficial understanding of happiness. Real happiness is to defeat difficulties of life. So a person is a thinking being, therefore he can’t avoid thinking about serious problems and the meaning of

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