Themes in Fahrenheit 451 Compared to Modern Day Issues
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Themes in Fahrenheit 451 Compared to Modern Day Issues
comparing themes in Fahrenheit 451 to various articles that bring to light Bradbury's ideas of our future, and the path we are on. These articles support the future Bradbury has created.
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Occupy Wall Street Protesters compared to Fahrenheit 451

Occupy Wall Street Protesters compared to Fahrenheit 451 | Themes in Fahrenheit 451 Compared to Modern Day Issues | Scoop.it


In this article, the theme of an ignorant society in Fahrenheit 451 is brought to light. This article focuses on the government’s attempts to suppress protestor’s actions to the United States citizens. The government did not want the average American citizen to get wind of the protestor’s actions, so it would not become a big issue. It is unfair for a government to withhold information from its citizens, because this leaves them in ignorance from the real truth. In Fahrenheit 451 all of the citizens live in ignorance from their true reality and there true history. History was altered so that the citizens did not know the truth of their non-book burning past. By suppressing information from the average citizen we are also traveling on the path of ignorance and sham as the government is related. The government should not hold the power to withhold something that we have the right to know in our constitution. In Bradbury’s novel the television tells its citizens what to do, and books are seen as sinful, and to own them it to have a death wish. The few people who own them must live in secrecy for fear of being burned by the firefighters. There is no free speech or rights that we take for granted today. We must not take these rights for granted, and do whatever we can to protect these rights from being taken by the government. There must be a balance of power that is lacking in Bradbury’s novel, and is at that point so far gone. The American citizens must not let our society get to this point of wretched ignorance.

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Bradbury's Theme of Censorship Compared to That of Flu Study's in the United States

In this article the United States government is asking biomedical scientists to withhold details of certain flu studies from the public. They are asking this in relation to terrorist organizations that could use this information to create a potential deadly virus. In the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, censorship is a staple in society. At the time when Montag, the main character, is alive, forms of media such as the television are controlling the majority of the community’s lives through censorship and changes in history. While there are a select few such as Clarisse, Granger, and Professor Faber, the majority of society live their lives through television and are spoon-fed information from the government in there televisions. This society has created a completely alternate history shielding the citizens from there knowledgeable past. This society supports the saying, ignorance is bliss. The article shows forms of censorship that does taking place today without the common citizen even know. Our society in America may not be at the point of Montag’s, but this article shows that we are on the way. In some ways the government is protecting our safety from these terrorist organizations by withholding this information, but is it not our right to be able to know the truth, and make that decision for ourselves. We must choose between freedom and safety, and more often that none safety wins. Bradbury predicted our dependence on television, and the false information that it would eventually bring. Today it may just be a few things being censored for our protection, but these few can turn into more and more information being withheld, and possibly changed completely. As we continue on this path, it gets harder and harder to get off, until eventually Montag’s world becomes our reality.

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Firewall Law Could Infringe on Free Speech as Compared to Fahrenheit 451

Firewall Law Could Infringe on Free Speech as Compared to Fahrenheit 451 | Themes in Fahrenheit 451 Compared to Modern Day Issues | Scoop.it

This article focuses on the internet, a medium that is often the debate of censorship. The biggest offenders in this area, the Chinese government, censor the majority of the information given to its citizens, and does not allow them to know the full truth. Through a serious of bills that could be passed, many of China’s infringements on censorship could be brought to the United States. This should cause major fear in the minds of American citizens. In the novel Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury created a world where television and other mediums rule the human mind by changing history and the way people perceive things. By adopting Chinas censorship policies, we are turning towards the world Bradbury predicted. A world with televisions that humans live their lives through, and complete ignorance towards the truths of the world could become our future. This article would give the government power to blacklist any site they please that infringes upon American safety. With this kind of power the government could change and control any history they wanted. There would no longer be freedom of the press, and to protect us the government would have us live in ignorance, the world of Bradbury’s main character, Montag. The history of the United States would be changed for our “safety,” as well as many of the freedoms we enjoy. The American people would have perceived freedoms, but in actuality, they are living strictly how the government wants them to. In Montag’s society they live because the government tells them to live that way. If we want to live in a society with our rights, we cannot let the government take control in this way.

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