Fahrenheit 451 Television Censorship Essay

Censorship in Dystopia in Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" Essay

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Ray Bradbury comments the censorship in the future, even though this novel was written in the early 1950's by showing these same ideas in a dystopian novel called Fahrenheit 451. He shows the readers how terrible censorship really is by writing about it in his novel. In Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury uses "technological controls", such as television and seashells, to show the reader about how controlled the public is by the government and how their minds are being controlled by these certain technologies in the twenty-first century. Technology he uses are the Mechanical Hound and also TV’s, to show the genius the government has by feeding information into the minds of the citizens, in his novel. Fahrenheit 451 is a chilling example of censorship…show more content…

“That’s awful! ...Why should I read? What for?”(Bradbury, 73) Mildred hates the fact that her house and her ‘family’ would burn down if Beatty and the other firemen found out about Montag and his books. Mildred doesn’t understand why Montag wants to reason with her and what he finds so special in books. Mildred is a selfish woman who cares only about herself and her friends. As long as nothing happened to her ‘family’, she’d be fine.
In the novel Fahrenheit 451, individuality and dissent are bad. In the first part of the book, The Hearth and the Salamander, there was a character named Clarisse McClellan. Clarisse is individual and different. This makes her an outcast. She asks how? Not why? Even today, with people at school: if you are different, you aren’t always treated as well as others. Clarisse questioned Montag a lot about his life and job. She opened up his mind and made him think. “How long’ve you worked at being a fireman? (Bradbury, 8) … “Are you happy?”(Bradbury, 10) Clarisse asked him about his job and if he was happy about it and his life. Unlike most people, she never really showed any interest in what he did, or how he did it. Instead, she asked him why he did it, and why he enjoyed doing it. Montag started to question himself, and agreed with Clarisse on most things. Montag became so fed up with what he did, that he changed. In time, Clarisse died (or was killed), because she was different. “The poor girl’s better

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Censorship In Fahrenheit 451 Essay

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Censorship in Fahrenheit 451

     In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, the people live in a society full of censorship.

Montag, the main character of the story, is inspired by a young girl to question law

around him and begins to have doubts about what good they serve. In Fahrenheit 451,

censorship in the world consists of book burning, manipulative parlor families, and the

intolerance of those who attempt to be an individual.

     Book burning in the story is done by firemen to supposedly prevent society

from unhappy emotions and unjust thoughts. Any person who was perceived or proved

to possess any sort of reading material was reported to firemen using alarms, which were…show more content…

Before the show would air on television, copies of the

script would be sent to the people who requested them. Mildred, Montag’s wife, along

with many other people, began to depend on these programs, as if they were addicted to

them. Viewers went as far as calling the characters in these shows their “family”.

Broadcasters used these shows in attempt to control the thoughts of society, as well as

bring them joy and happiness. While striving to keep an audience satisfied, lawmakers

also did their best to keep people on one train of thought and strongly disapproved of


     Government in the book had very strict opinions on how a society should

function, and never tolerated a person who doubted, questioned or acted against their

authority. Law in this society was strongly enforced and all offenders were prosecuted

immediately. People who thought differently and had different views than others were

thought to be potentially dangerous to themselves or society. Clarisse, an intuitive young

girl who saw things in a whole new light than any other person Montag had ever met, was

soon mysteriously killed after she had spoken out to him. She had been labeled at her

school as “anti-social”, simply because the thought

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