Censorship In Fahrenheit 451 Essay

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In the dystopian world of Fahrenheit 451 the firemen start the fires rather than extinguishing them. The firemen in this novel are the ones who enforce censorship in this society, by burning down a house if books are known to be present inside. The firemen burn books because of the amount of power and knowledge that can be explored throughout novels, by burning these books this removes the possible threats towards the government. Censorship is all about deciding on what people can see and view within the media. It clocks out content which may come across harmful to some people such as children, further limiting and restricting them to what they can see. The novel Fahrenheit 451 demonstrates an exaggerated corrupt society which can be caused …show more content…
Censorship is a tool used by those in power to maintain an organized society avoiding those who would challenge their assumptions by written word or speech. Although, this can led to an unhappy and uneducated society as seen in Fahrenheit 451 and the holocaust. While examining censorship in Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury sends a direct message to the readers of what can happen if …show more content…
Censorship ensured that Germans could only see what the Nazi Hierarchy wanted people to see, hear and read, this results in distrust between the citizens and the government, “Newspapers, radio and all forms of media were put under the control of the Nazis” (Trueman). All aspects of media became controlled by the Nazis to ensure that Germans were hearing what the Nazis wanted them to be exposed to. Not only did the Nazis control what the citizens were hearing, the Nazis took censorship even further and burned any books opposed to the idea of Nazism. On May 30th 1933, some of Germany 's most valuable and creative works went up into flames due to a mass book burning. Students had carted over 20,000 books to the public square, they burned any books written by authors who didn 't uphold their racist ideology, “In their eyes, the books contained "un-German" thoughts, or their authors were considered enemies of National Socialism. Most of the authors were socialists, pacifists or Jews” (Lüpke). By burning these books, the Nazi government believed this eliminated all their problems by avoiding anyone who could challenge their words. However, this may have seemed to be a temporary solution for this government because it resulted in the loss of thousands of knowledgeable and powerful

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