Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury Essay

1555 Words May 20th, 2016 7 Pages
When has it ever been right for a book to be destroyed based on the beliefs of an opposing person/group? Similar in parts to today’s modern society, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury tells the story of a man named Guy Montag whose job is to burn books. He continues to do so without hesitation until he meets Clarisse McClellan , his spunky neighbor, who forces Montag to open his eyes and question everything he has ever known, including his own happiness. Soon after Montag begins to read books, something that is forbidden based on a prejudice the government has against them, he stands up for himself against Beatty, the fire captain, along with society. He finally manages to see the truth in world with the help of Faber, a former professor, and books. With this being noted, it is clear that censorship should not be practiced in schools and libraries.
If censorship is practiced, people will never know the importance of the content inside. After fleeing from his home in search of answers from the one person he knows he will be able to trust, Faber, Montag finally arrives and upon his arrival he shows Faber the last copy of The Holy Bible. Taking in the essence of the book, Faber voices to Montag that he was and is a coward for not speaking up when books were being burnt. Montag in turn tells him that he needs for Faber to teach him to understand books and thus Faber states, “It’s not the books you need, it’s some of the things that were once in books” (Bradbury 78). What better way…

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