Importance Of Warnings In Fahrenheit 451

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Whether Ray Bradbury meant for his novel, Fahrenheit 451, to be riddled with warning for the future or not, it is a fact of the matter that many of the warnings are still relevant in today 's age. Many of these warnings are centered around technology and censorship and how it changes the way people react, or their lack of reaction, to certain situations. At the start of the book, many of the characters are ignorant to the world around them and while a few change, many stay the same.
Throughout the novel, majority of the minor characters are unaware of or simply indifferent about the world around them. While Montag is, at first, ignorant, his thirst for knowledge allows him to change and become a more thoughtful person. This shown when Montag
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‘Coloured people don’t like ‘Little Black Sambo’. Burn it. White people don’t feel good about ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’. Burn it. Someone’s written a book on tobacco and cancer of the lungs? The cigarette people are weeping? Burn the book.’ Captain Beatty was discussing with Montag that when a book displeases someone, it should be burnt so that nobody is unhappy. This is causing the false happiness in society. ‘We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everybody made equal. Each man the image of every other, then all are happy, for there are no mountains to make them cower, to judge themselves against.’ This is implying that anything that allows somebody to be unique and different should be removed as that is the only way to make everyone equal. This is, in a way, similar to the modern generation. At school, the subjects tend to be assigned more time depending on their ‘importance’. Creative subjects such as art, VCD, product design are only assigned three to four periods a fortnight, while subjects that focus on memorizing content such math and science get five to six. This, in a way, is similar to Fahrenheit 451 because it is suggesting that being creative and expressing yourself isn’t important and everyone should know the same things and think the same way. Censorship is not only the act of restricting a piece of work but also changing it to become more ‘appropriate’. …show more content…
In spite of that, a few stand out more than others. The dependence on technology causes ignorance that forges the characters into the perfect citizens. However, it is evident that the main cause of the problem is the addition to censorship. The addiction to ignorance. The addiction to false happiness and an empty world. The addiction to not

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