This article focuses on a major element in Fahrenheit 451, banning books and censorship. Some of the books that have been debated about being banned include The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, Go Ask Alice by an anonymous writer, the Goosebumps series by R.L Stine, and many others. Many of the books are banned due to terrible reasons, such as that the book may be too scary for children or there is a brief violent scene. Others believe that if these books are taken away, people will not have the desire to read anymore. In addition, they are worried that the book banners will not know when to stop. Questions such as, “Will they strip the shelves of mythology because of its indication of magic?” or “Will they remove Macbeth because of the murders and witches?” have already arisen. Not knowing when to stop will cause the future to be taken over by non-educational things, which can be seen in the society in Fahrenheit 451. The society in the novel looses
interest in books, thus ultimately making it a crime to read books. Due to that circumstance, technology takes over. The citizens are more interested in the parlors,
than then are in books. On top of the competing forms of entertainment today, such as video games and internet, the banning of the books is also contributing to our future that will turn out similarly to Bradbury’s prediction of the future.
Via Courtney Masker