Censorship Is A Dangerous Tool Used By Burning Books Essay

1364 Words Nov 6th, 2015 6 Pages
Censorship is about deciding on what people can and cannot see within a society chosen by a select group. Censorship is at the heart of the dystopian world of Fahrenheit 451; firemen start the fires rather than extinguishing them. The firemen in this novel are the ones who enforce censorship by burning down any houses if books are known to be present inside. The firemen burn books because of the endless amount of power and knowledge displayed in these novels, which is feared by the government. It is believed that by burning books it therefore removes any possible threats towards the government. It blocks out any content which may come across as harmful to some people, further limiting and restricting people to what they can see. The novel Fahrenheit 451 demonstrates an exaggerated and corrupt society, which can be a direct result of censorship. The novel although fictional, is parallel in historical terms to the effects of censorship when studying the holocaust and how the Nazis used censored information. Censorship is a dangerous tool used by those in power to maintain an organized society and avoiding or silencing those who would challenge their beliefs. While examining censorship in Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury sends a direct message to the readers of what can happen if citizens allow the government to take full control. Ray Bradbury explains the dangers of being so consumed with technology. This is a futuristic novel but can easily be applied to our own…

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