Examples Of Propaganda In Fahrenheit 451

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The Power of Unchecked Propaganda
The society in Ray Bradbury's, Fahrenheit 451 is almost completely made up of the falsehood that everyone is “happy”. Up until the main character Montag, meets Clarisse, he believes that he is “happy.” Then he is asked a simple question…“Are you happy?” (Bradbury 10). This was the most significant turning point for Montag and is what caused him stop and think about what his life had really become. The propaganda throughout the book plays a substantial role in people's lives, but not in a positive way. The government brainwashes them to not think or read, and encourages them to have a hatred for whoever breaks the law. In Fahrenheit 451, propaganda plays a dangerous role in influencing the decisions made by the characters.
The people in Fahrenheit 451 let the government and media control them like robots, they do not think on their own and are so focused on obeying what they are being told that they do not even question what is being communicated to them by the government. “The most important single thing we had to pound into ourselves is that we were not important….We’re nothing more than dust jackets for books, of no significance otherwise.” (Bradbury 153). This quote shows how the books are being coated in dust and not read or enjoyed for the knowledge they can provide. The books are banned from being read, therefore the people in this society are just “dust jackets”. These “dust jackets” lie on the books with “no significance
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