Censorship And Its Effect On Society

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According to the Oxford Dictionary,The suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news, etc. that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security.” Simply, censorship is restricting or hiding information so it cannot be accessed by others. Ray Bradbury uses the novel to show concern with the idea of censorship and how it might affect the society. The theme of censorship is obvious through the banning and burning of books. In the first part of the novel, it becomes obvious that censorship began among the citizens of their society. At first they only censored the books that made people think and contemplate ideas that could result in obeying the law. However, they censored all books, which the…show more content…
The protagonist, Guy Montag, was a fireman who once enjoyed starting fires in people’s homes and confessed that it was thrilling. Bradbury describes Montag as one who “wanted above all, like the old joke to shove a marshmallow on a stick in the furnace, while the flapping pigeon-winged books died on the porch and lawn of the house” (Bradbury, Ray 1). From this quote, it is obvious that the firemen and the government consider books as being evil and need to be burned since there is no place for them in the society. According to the government, books are the root cause of all problems with no meaning and relevance. Captain Beatty, the fire chief, describes book censorship as one that reflects public demand and the out dated of the printed word, which has been replaced by greater entertainment of technology. Fahrenheit 451 brings out the theme of censorship through the banning and burning of books. As mentioned, Guy Montag and his colleagues burn the libraries of people who have collected the banned books. At his work place, there is a list of millions of banned books hanged at the wall meaning only a few books are allowed. Throughout the novel, the reader is exposed to scenes where Montag and other firemen are setting fire to piles of books in people’s homes, which they seem to enjoy. Censorship is evident in the manner in which the books, and the knowledge contained in them, have been forbidden and censored. The government
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