Analysis Of Fahrenheit Bradbury 's Fahrenheit 451 Essay

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The 1950’s were a critical era in American history as an ever-growing communist threat struck fear into the hearts of many Americans following World War II. Not knowing who they could trust, many American’s were on a “witch hunt,” jailing those who expressed radical views that were “unpatriotic.” This movement became known as the “Red Scare” and led to the censorship of media outlets and other printed works such as novels and college textbooks. Even novels about censorship, such as Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, were subject to this and heavily criticized. Despite all this, the novel’s theme of censorship reflects that of the time period it was written in.
Inspired by the “Second Red Scare,” Bradbury has no issue with incorporating society in the 1950’s into his own novel; a dystopia in which possessing and reading books is taboo and the burning of said books is accepted by society. Taken from historical events such as the Nazi book burning in the 1930’s, and adding his own twist to them, Bradbury was able to create a dystopia in which too much power in the hands of few led to the brainwashing of a society, ultimately turning individuals into mere copies of one another. In Bradbury’s dystopia, the government not only had an excessive amount of power and influence, but it also used its power to strip away the rights of its citizens, forcing them to conform to the government and essentially become carbon copies of one another.
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