Blind Obedience Is Dangerous By Ray Bradbury Essay

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Blind Obedience Is Dangerous
Most people understand the act of obedience, but few realize the negative impact that blind obedience may have on their lives and on society as a whole. This point is illustrated in Fahrenheit 451, a novel published in 1950 at a time when America feared the growth of Communism. The Nazis censored or burned many books. World War II had ended and the United States government was also attempting its own forms of censorship. Angry about these developments, Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 (Eller). Ironically, he later discovered that Fahrenheit 451 had also been censored in order to market the novel to high school students (Guffey 115). The novel takes place in an unnamed city in a future America where firemen set fires instead of putting them out. The government outlaws critical thought and uses technology to control the townspeople. They ban books to eliminate inequality and anyone who owns them has his house burned down. People blindly follow and believe the government. They spend their free time watching large screen televisions and listening to government-controlled advertisements through ear radios. The constant messages are a distraction that drowns out the sounds of the real world. There is no social interaction or enjoyment of nature. Guy Montag, the protagonist, is a fireman who begins to question this conformity. As he rebels, he finds himself on the run from authority and attempting to save his own life. Montag escapes to…

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