Censorship In Fahrenheit 451, By Douglas Bradbury

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Ray Bradbury and Censorship Ray Douglas Bradbury was born in a small town north of Chicago on August 22, 1920.
He grew up in Waukegan, Illinois, and at a young age, his life was exposed to a numerous amount of horror films including The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Phantom of the Opera. In 1934 he moved to Los Angeles where he completed high school. At the age of fifteen, he joined the Los Angeles Science Fiction League. He completed high school in 1937, and in 1947 he wrote his first collection of short stories called “Dark Carnival”. Many of his early science fiction stories show how concerned he is for human life. In 1953, Bradbury published Fahrenheit 451; many people approved of his use of imagery in the novel. Many of the
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When Bradbury sent his book off to be published, the publishing company was approached by the government and told to redact certain parts of the novel. This shows censorship in America, as well as the government attempting to restrict freedom of speech. Many of the events that happen in this story are based off of real events that happened in Bradbury’s time period. For instance, Bradbury used the book burnings that Hitler performed in the novel to show what effect it has on the people. During WWII , the U.S. government 's fear of communism began to grow in America (Eller 150). The response to this was censorship. This included the creation of the Office of Censorship which censored all communications going in and out of America. “ In other words, America responded to the same tactics of the Nazis” (Eller 150). In the novel Montag will end up burning his own house down just because the government does not want anymore books left in their community. “The book burnings became a major symbol of repression”(Telgen …show more content…
The government is using the technology they produce as a drug. Everyone is addicted; the only catch to this drug of technology is the fact that it is brainwashing everyone who uses it. When they are not using the television to satisfy their addiction for technology, they are using small radios in their ears. These radios are called ‘Seashell ear Thimbles’. People are beginning to completely “immerse themselves in the media provided” (Johnson 156). They always have to have a dosage of their ‘drug’. “Whenever she is not at a television, she plugs in her earphones”(Eller 152). These small radios are made to drown out the realities of the world around them. All that the radios play is advertisements, news, and music. These are all acceptable things to play on a radio, but the only catch is that the government controls what is said through these stations. Montag’s wife is always using her radio. She is no longer susceptible to the things of the real world. “ [S]he plugs in her earphones, soaking up the artificial stimulus” (Bloom 1). Bradbury shows that mass media can have an effect on people’s right to freedom of speech. When all the people are listening to what the government is feeding them, they begin to not realize the differences between what is a right and a wrong use of power. Once again, the radios are drowning out the sound of the real world. Mildred is always listening to

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