Themes in Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451
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Themes in Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451
These articles compare modern issues to Bradbury's prediction of the future in terms of his themes in his well-known novel, Fahrenheit 451.
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Censorship of the Internet and Ignorance

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In this article, the themes of censorship and ignorance vs. knowledge are discussed. The Chinese government is a huge operator of internet censorship; they censor most information the people are allowed to know and hide the rest. The U.S government may soon be adopting some of those policies, in order to end theft of intellectual property. They insist that the intention is not the same, but the path they are on seems to be heading that way. Attorneys will have access to a blacklist of websites that they can choose which ones are allowed, depending on how threatening it is to the companies and the “safety” of America. This abuse of power is jeopardizing American citizens’ freedom of speech. With a person constantly monitoring and censoring any infringing material, Americans are limited to what they can say, which goes against the Constitution. Moreover, the government could end up changing our history and erasing important pieces of information from our knowledge. The Chinese government has the same kind of power. They censored and did not allow anybody to know about the Tiananmen Square massacre, an important part of their history. With the way we are going, important pieces of our past may be erased from our minds, in order to make America “safer.” Almost every person in American will be ignorant of American history. Ignorance vs. knowledge is a main theme in Fahrenheit 451. Montag’s society is so ignorant to who they are and everything else, that they do not even know that the firemen previously put out fires instead of lighting them. The government has so much power that it is able to erase part of their history, which is where we are headed now with the censoring of the internet.

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Occupy Wall Street Movement Compared to Society in Fahrenheit 451

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 This video and article about the Occupy Wall Street movement closely relates to the theme of an ignorant society in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Mayor Bloomberg ordered many police officers to evacuate all reporters and to keep them away from the site of action. After nonviolent attempts were made and quickly failed, police authorities were forced to use violence and eventually arrest all the reporters and journalists that they were able to. Bloomberg’s exact words were, “I want to protect the people and the situation from getting worse.” When Bloomberg says this, it leaves an impression that he wants to protect himself and the government from the people of the United States that are more than capable of taking over. In order to do this, he must keep the people ignorant of reality, which is exactly what he did by not allowing the reporters to witness what is happening and spreading the information to the rest of the world. In Fahrenheit 451, the government is also obliterating knowledge and promoting ignorance. The only difference is that in the novel, they are kept ignorant by not being allowed to own, read, or even touch a book and are kept uneducated about the history of their past, instead of the theme in reality, where reporters are not permitted to take pictures or write about the events. In both cases, if the information contained in the sources of knowledge, whether it be the newspapers and photos or books, gets out, the society will become well aware of their surroundings, ultimately making them more knowledgeable and powerful than that of the government. Both governments are fearful that if and when the information does get out that the issues will be blown out of proportion, hence why a lot of information is kept secret.

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Censorship and Banning Books

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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.

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