Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

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Human beings are naturally curious. We are always in search of better ideas, and new solutions to problems. One of a basic idea of America has been freedom of thinking and a free flow of ideas. But in some societies, governments try to keep their people ignorant. Usually, this is so governments can keep people under control and hold on to their power. In recent history, one of the most notorious examples of government oppression is the Soviet Union whose leaders created systems that were supposed to keep information and ideas censored. In the novel Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury creates a similar world. As Bradburry shows, and as seen in the Soviet Union, it is almost impossible to keep everyone in ignorance indefinitely. In trying to…show more content…
“You think too many thoughts,” Montag says. But being with Clarisse has disturbed Montag. When she leaves him, she shouts, “Are you happy?” “Am I what?” he cries. (Bradbury 10) This scene shows how Montag has never stopped to think about his life or the world. But this meeting with Clarisse has opened up something in his mind, the thought of whether he actually was happy, and if what he was doing is right. From the earliest pages of the book, the world he creates in his novel seems extremely similar to the Soviet Union. When Joseph Stalin over Russia in April of 1922, he soon after created systems to control the flow of ideas. Books that went against the ideas of communism and Stalin’s regime were kept from the general public. Newspapers, as well as television was run by the government. Stalin was a dictator, and he wanted total control and power over all of the Soviet Union. In Fahrenheit 451, fireman like Montag are very much feared the public. The reader sees this right away when Montag encounters Clarisse for the very first time. “So many people are. Afraid of firemen, I mean. But you’re just a man, after all...” (Bradbury 7) The same was true in the Soviet Union. Stalin created an army of spies, police, and even regular citizens who helped him enforce. Another similarity between the world Bradbury creates and the real world of the Soviet Union is what happened to people who refused to obey the laws censorship. In

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