Censorship in Dystopia in Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" Essay

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Ray Bradbury comments the censorship in the future, even though this novel was written in the early 1950's by showing these same ideas in a dystopian novel called Fahrenheit 451. He shows the readers how terrible censorship really is by writing about it in his novel. In Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury uses "technological controls", such as television and seashells, to show the reader about how controlled the public is by the government and how their minds are being controlled by these certain technologies in the twenty-first century. Technology he uses are the Mechanical Hound and also TV’s, to show the genius the government has by feeding information into the minds of the citizens, in his novel. Fahrenheit 451 is a chilling example of censorship…show more content…
“That’s awful! ...Why should I read? What for?”(Bradbury, 73) Mildred hates the fact that her house and her ‘family’ would burn down if Beatty and the other firemen found out about Montag and his books. Mildred doesn’t understand why Montag wants to reason with her and what he finds so special in books. Mildred is a selfish woman who cares only about herself and her friends. As long as nothing happened to her ‘family’, she’d be fine.
In the novel Fahrenheit 451, individuality and dissent are bad. In the first part of the book, The Hearth and the Salamander, there was a character named Clarisse McClellan. Clarisse is individual and different. This makes her an outcast. She asks how? Not why? Even today, with people at school: if you are different, you aren’t always treated as well as others. Clarisse questioned Montag a lot about his life and job. She opened up his mind and made him think. “How long’ve you worked at being a fireman? (Bradbury, 8) … “Are you happy?”(Bradbury, 10) Clarisse asked him about his job and if he was happy about it and his life. Unlike most people, she never really showed any interest in what he did, or how he did it. Instead, she asked him why he did it, and why he enjoyed doing it. Montag started to question himself, and agreed with Clarisse on most things. Montag became so fed up with what he did, that he changed. In time, Clarisse died (or was killed), because she was different. “The poor girl’s better
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