Totalitarianism In Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

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An individual's action always has a consequence where they take on the responsibility for it. Whether or not an individual's action is right or wrong they have the right and responsibility to question the judgement they have been given. This type of issue is evident in things like a Totalitarianism and in events like the Nazi Book Burning. This type of things occur because people fear to question authorities and it is evident in Ray Bradbury's novel, Fahrenheit 451 which is a dystopian literature, focusing on the banning and burning of books, influenced by events in the history of the world. Bradbury, the author of Fahrenheit 451 uses influences from Totalitarianism and Nazi Book Burning to explain that every person has the equal responsibility …show more content…
Totalitarianism refers to a government in which all social, political, economic, intellectual, cultural, and spiritual activities are subordinated to the purposes of the rulers of a state. There are several important features that distinguish totalitarianism, a form of autocracy peculiar to the 20th century, from such older forms as despotism, Absolutism, and tyranny. In the older forms of autocracy people could live and work in comparative independence, provided they refrained from politics. In modern totalitarianism, “people are made utterly dependent on the wishes of a political party and its leaders”(Totalitarianism). In a totalitarian government, the ruler or dictator makes the laws of the country and through means of fear and other influences get people to obey their every command. For example take Kim Jong Un the ruler of North Korea, he invoked fear into his people and took over the country where he made new laws such as that everyone should worship him and follow curfews. In Korea, Kim Jong Un’s government controls the use of devices like phones and television, they even control what people choose to read in newspapers and magazines because they believe that it might provoke the citizens to revolt against …show more content…
In the novel in the conversation between Mildred and Montag they discuss about the the burning of books where they say that, “We can’t do anything. We can’t burn these. I want to look at them, at least look at them once. Then if what the Captain says is true, we’ll burn them together .We’ve got to start somewhere here, figuring out why we’re in such a mess.We’re heading right for the cliff, Millie. God, I don’t want to go over. This isn’t going to be easy. We haven’t anything to go on, but maybe we can piece it out and figure it and help each other”(66), and this evidence provides adequate information about how Fahrenheit 451 is related to the Nazi Book Burnings because it shows that Mildred is surprised because Montag says that they cannot burn the books even though their law says that they may not keep any type of literature with them or even try to hide

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