Fahrenheit 451; Themes and Motifs
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Fahrenheit 451; Themes and Motifs
Discovering themes and motifs in this novel that compare to modern problems in news sources and other areas.
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Patriotism and the 'God gap'

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This article brings up the subject of the relationship between Religion and American Patriotism. The article argues that a big force in the idea of patriotism is the religion that goes with it, claiming that Christianity is a big marker in the promotion of righteous feelings about the USA. This brings up the argument that religion is the promotion for patriotic feeling. This can be compared to the themes in Fahrenheit 451 about Religion and Knowledge. In the novel, the Bible is burned among other books. With the bible burned, religion would no longer fuel knowledge and power to the individuals in the dystopian society. Without the religious feelings, no one person would become superior to the others on the basis of their religion, etc. That is similar to how this article states that non-christians are statistically far less patriotic. The "god-gap" described is the gap that is applied to all citizens in Fahrenheit 451; their knowledge is hindered by their lack of religion, and their power to become advanced is distinguished. In retrospect, if one were to burn the feelings of religion in modern society, the national feeling and togetherness would turn to ashes just as the knowledge and wellbeing became in the dystopia in the novel. Thus, we learn that religion is a vital part of our nation, and the ideals of modern evangelicalism must be preserved to avoid becoming a restricted nation, much like that nation described in the novel. Religion promotes knowledge as much as it promotes patriotic feeling.

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SOPA, the Bill That Wants to Cripple Your Internet

SOPA, the Bill That Wants to Cripple Your Internet | Fahrenheit 451; Themes and Motifs | Scoop.it

One of the biggest themes in Fahrenheit 451 is the idea of censorship of books. The censorship began in the dystopian word by an influx of new media and a misunderstanding for the purpose of books. In the novel, books were outlawed, but the reasoning was never clear. However, the banning of books lead to the adoption of sources which the government provided the people to use, and shifted people away from reading material as a whole, completely discarding the right to own or use books. The reason SOPA is similar is that it fights to censor the internet in a way similar to that of the government in Fahrenheit 451. Acts like SOPA and the PIPA give the right to censor the internet to the entertainment industry. The result would be the elimination of freedom on the internet; people would be forced to purchase materials from the source, and forbade from sharing or accessing any reference to the initial sources. The result would be a world similar to the dystopia described in Fahrenheit 451. People would not have access or freedoms to sources of media that would better themselves, and everyone would be forced to consume the same material. The possibility of such acts to be passed waiver the chance of a dystopian future in America, aswell as around the world. Such a vulnerability is one that must be stopped; our resistance to these acts would be comparable to Montag and Granger at the end of the book, and would possibly end such an environment before it began.

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