Dangers Of Censorship In Fahrenheit 451

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Censorship and the Danger of Technology In this day in age, it is truly amazing how easily information from all over the world can be accessed. Using the internet or reading a book one can find answers to any question one may have. If for some reason access to this information was restricted, that would be considered censorship. Many science fiction writers are concerned that censorship could possibly show up in our society in the near future (Tor.com) When legendary author, Ray Bradbury wrote the novel “Fahrenheit 451”, it is all about governmental censorship. It is written in the third person limited point of view and the genre of this novel is science fiction. In the 1950’s, the United States was dealing with the McCarthy hearings and the …show more content…
Zipes suggests that “the rapid rise of television as a determinant in the culture industry, the spread of advertisement, the abuse of technology within the military-industrial complex, the frustration and violence of the younger generation, the degradation of the masses--- these are the factors which went into the making of Fahrenheit 451 as an American novel, and they form the parameters of any discussion of …show more content…
The following comment is from Beatty, “What traitor’s books can be! You think they’re backing you up, and they turn on you. Others can use them, too, and there you are, lost in the middle of the moor, in a great welter of nouns and verbs and adjectives.” (Bradbury 107) Beatty believes that books are alive and they have minds of their own. He feels that books are two-faced and evil, and should be burned. Professor Faber admits he helped the government indorse censorship, “I saw the way things were going, a long time back. I said nothing. I’m one of the innocents who could have spoken up and out when no one would listen to the guilty, but I did not speak and thus became ‘guilty’ myself.” (Bradbury82) Faber was afraid to speak up when books were being censored, which made him as guilty as the people who came up with the idea. The reason censorship came about was because the people wanted things done fast, they didn’t want criticism nor did they speak about when they saw censorship happening. Montag hates that he has become exactly what the government had intended. Faber tells him “It’s not books you need, it’s some of the things that once were in books.” (Bradbury

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