Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury Essay

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“It was a pleasure to burn” (Bradbury). That succinct, introductory statement represents the arsenal act that firemen perform when burning books in the name of censorship in Fahrenheit 451, a fictional novel in which the author Ray Bradbury ironically depicts firemen as pyromaniacs whose main duty is to burn books in order to censor ideology and conflicting beliefs. Now one may rightfully assume that such a book with make-believe characters and settings has no resemblance to reality, let along to the media censorship in China. Yet that assumption could not be more wrong. Fahrenheit 451 symbolizes the reality of censorship that many in China live with during political unrests.
But first, try to imagine living in Hong Kong with the following scenarios: You’re lying on your soft sofa. With boredom hovering over your head, you take out your latest overpriced iPhone 6 to browse Twitter and Facebook because you are exhausted from work and have nothing better to do as a single person. You then turned your focus to another social media website, Instagram. You noticed that your best friend has just uploaded a picture of himself sitting next to his fiancée and a delicious wedding cake. The photo’s caption, “Life is sweet,” engrossed your attention and made you realize that you have struggled for five years working part time while trying to finish your academic career, yet your I-have-never-attended-college-in-my-life best friend looks to be financially and emotionally better off…

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