Fahrenheit 451: The Future is Now Essay

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Truffaut’s treatment of the Nazi regime in comparison to the firemen in his film shows the type of government he desired to depict, one that “succinctly and successfully institutionalized mass schizophrenia,” a government founded on the “murderous ideologies” of “Communism and Nazism” (Gonzalez 1), a totalitarian society mirroring the world in Bradbury’s novel among other dystopian novels of the time. His society fits the idea of totalitarianism in the fact that it is a “form of government that theoretically permits no individual freedom and that seeks to subordinate all aspects of the individual’s life to the authority of the government” (Britannica). This can be seen in Fahrenheit 451 in the way people are controlled by the television …show more content…
When on the train with Clarisse and she asks if she may speak with him, Montag grants her permission to speak, but cannot “promise to think of anything to answer.” He has been thoroughly conditioned by society to carry on without question, a mindless automaton piloted by the self-interested ideas of a totalitarian government.
Over the course of the film, symbols and instances of censorship have made themselves more than clear. Many of the books shown burning—such as “Madame Bovary and Lolita”—were, in their own histories, victims of censorship. The entire idea of book burning, in fact, is a form of censorship utilized by cultures throughout the course of history, notably the book burnings that took place in communist Russia, China, and Nazi Germany (Bradbury)—the numerous documented book burnings at the hands of the Nazis were the “most emotive and probably the readiest point of censorship debates in this period” (Harrison 55). Because in the world of Fahrenheit 451 “every written word is considered inherently censorable, and inherently subversive . . . every book represents a challenge to authority” (Harrison 56). The book people are created in order to overcome this censorship and stand as “political radicals” (Harrison 57) and that, by removing themselves from an oppressive society also remove themselves from the “dynamics of censorship” and from the “political ground on which anti-censorship

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