Ray Bradbury 's Fahrenheit 451 Essay

1111 Words Sep 1st, 2015 5 Pages
Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 follows the story of protagonist Guy Montag, who experiences first hand both government and society’s strict conformity standards and speaks out against them as he gains knowledge. Bradbury explores his ideas around conformity, technology, censorship and similar themes that appeared post World War II through the science fiction genre. These dystopian texts explore such ideas, reflecting on past mistakes and the possible extended effects of the strict regulations placed upon individuality.
Pre-1953 saw the rise and fall of the Nazi regime over most of Europe, during the 1930’s an associated symbol with the regime included book burnings carried out by Nazi Germany. These burnings played a major role in repression as there was heavy censorship of information throughout this era. War is reflected throughout Fahrenheit representing the repression and censorship experienced by society, creating an atmosphere of fear. The Cold War that followed in later years against the Soviet Union and the Western world idealised communism over democracy. Creative and artistic freedom was cracked down upon as writers and filmmakers were required to regulate content, although Americans at the time where guaranteed freedom of speech and freedom of the press. A heavy pressure to conform within society, following the wars again sparked fear worldwide; reflected in the novel, Montag strives to keep up with society’s dismissal of books, if he speaks out against society he…

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