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Fahrenheit 451 Essay


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Placing a ban on education and thinking, someone can take control of another person’s life.  In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury presented the reader with how the complete control by the government banned the reading and possession of books, and, to a certain extent, they banned individuals from thinking.  This sort of crime is called censorship. The Nazis practiced this act in WWII and it led them to entering another war. Bradbury wanted to show the reader how censorship is horrible for any society, and he did this by describing the role of the firemen, by how technology was washing people’s brains, and by how the government wants to make everybody feel “happy” in their lives.

The role of the firemen is completely different compared to the firemen in reality.  Instead of extinguishing fires, the firemen start fires. The fires always pertain to books and any form of knowledge.  The government wants the men to get rid of the forms of education so thinkers, like Montag, won’t question the government.  The government would fear the knowledge of Montag because he would start spreading discoveries to every individual, and some will become curious and follow in the footsteps of Montag.  The government fears this because they’ll get overthrown by the thinkers. The firemen need to be incharge of putting out fires and not destroy the knowledge people need to hear and read.

Firemen were not the only problem.  The government controlled the people of the society through technology.  Mildred fell into the trap and followed the government. All she did was watch her “family” in the parlor, and when Montag tried to ask her a question, she would block him out.  Censorship comes into play because due to the government people have no clue of what reality is. The only person that experiences reality is Clarisse because her family interacts with one another.  This is something nobody in the society experiences. Since the removal of knowledge, the people do not know what true life is like. The government is playing with their minds to make them feel as life is all sunshine and rainbows.  Nobody should ever depend on technology when it comes to living in the real world. People will miss out on great events through their lives, and they will live a true life of happiness, not a controlling, depressing one.

One the subject of a “happy” life, the government also presented lies to the people of the society.  While Montag ran from the government, the Hound lost his scent once he got to the river. So being the government they are, they turn back and find a random innocent civilian to kill.  They claimed it to be Montag. Everybody believed the government, and they all felt relief of what has happened. With the presents of common sense and thinking, everybody could see that Montag was not killed.  Censorship blocked out people from interacting with one another. The government is at fault the mistake. The killing also struck fear into the civilians’ eyes as well. Since the government calls the shots, the people won’t have anyway of over taking them, at least that’s what the example shows the people.  If censorship was not present, the people would have an idea of what to do about the government. Instead, they are a prisoner inside a cell.

The ability of having knowledge at your fingertips is a powerful tool to have.  Knowledge benefits societies by getting individuals together and putting their ideas in a pot.  Looking at the United States, it would not be here today if it wasn’t for the presents of knowledge.  Being controlled by the government, the citizens of the United States would suffer like those in Fahrenheit 451.  Being brainwashed and no interaction with one another are sins we don’t need in the States. We need thinkers to keep the country afloat and not drop like utopian society.

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Lewis Cass High School, Walton, Indiana,
Fahrenheit 451 Essay