Essay on Analysis Of Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

1846 Words Feb 8th, 2016 8 Pages
Standing amidst fire, a man made completely out of book pages hides his face as the flames which surround him began to disintegrate his body. Such is the image depicted on the original 1953 cover of Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451. From a literal standpoint the image shows the burning of books, a common practice in the novel, where “firemen” are charged with the destruction of all novels, which have been deemed dangerous to society. Symbolically, the image represents the destruction of mankind, brought about by the harmful effects of the banning and censoring of novels. What exactly is it about a single novel that causes such panic? In reality, there are several reasons, each presented as being for the safety and wellbeing of the everyday citizen. Offensive language, sexually explicit scenes, age restrictions - all are reasons behind book censorship (“Banned”). Usually book censorship is initiated within a school, where the novel may be regarded as inappropriate and removed from the library shelves, effectively restricting all students’ access to the offending novel. By completely restricting access to various novels, schools are preventing their students from informing themselves about certain topics, that they may have a genuine interest in learning about. The so called “inappropriate” content is often times material that, while uncomfortable, is essential to a student’s learning process. Their minds open to learning new ideas, students must be - and often want to be…

Related Documents