Fahrenheit 451 Literature Analysis

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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
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Just like how the Chines government controlled political ideology during the protest by blocking Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and deleting messages that are related to the protest on the Chinese social application Weibo, Guy Montage, who was once a fire fighter in Fahrenheit 451, and his boss, Beatty, together with the rest of the firemen, were the main content manipulators in the novel. They invaded homes that have books and used kerosene as fuel to burn books and anyone who stands in their way.
Ironically, when it comes to the Chinese government’s push for political censorship via blocking social media application and website, their motto can also be interpreted as the same as the firemen’s slogan in Fahrenheit 451: “burn 'em to ashes, then bum the ashes” (Bradbury). Whereas the firemen burned contents and ideas to ashes when they burned books, the Chinese government has also virtually burned all conflicting ideas when they censored the voices of the protesters from spreading into other parts of China, particular mainland China, by blocking social
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Those regulating agencies that are responsible for overseeing and deleting sensitive information deemed detrimental to the Chinese government, according to the article “Agencies Responsible for Censorship in China,” include: China’s Judiciary, State Secrecy Bureau, General Administration for Customs, Ministry of Public Secuity, Central Propaganda Department, State Council Information Office, Ministry for Information Industry, State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, and the General Administration of Press and

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