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Analysis on Fahrenheit 451 One of the major themes in the novel "Fahrenheit 451" is censorship. In

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Analysis on Fahrenheit 451 One of the major themes in the novel "Fahrenheit 451" is censorship. In the novel, books are forbidden to read and own in the future world. If anyone reads books, or possesses books in their homes, it's illegal and if they are seen with books, the firefighters would come and burn the books to ashes. The people in this society did not want to think, they did not care about everything else, and they watch TV, listen to radio all day long and do not enjoy nature. ...read more.


In Bradbury's novel, society has become an extreme that all literature is illegal to possess. No longer can books be read, not only because they might offend someone, but because books raise questions that often lead to revolutions and even anarchy. The thinking that arises from reading books can often be dangerous, and the government doesn't want to put up with this danger. Yet this philosophy, according to Bradbury, completely ignores the benefits of knowledge. ...read more.


This was known as the McCarthy era. Bradbury's novel was targeted toward the McCarthyism, and he was against the McCarthysim. As a conclusion, men should think for themselves, not let the government or the television do their thinking for them. The easiest way to think for oneself is to expand one's knowledge of history and politics and religion. This can only be achieved through the study of books. Though this study may cause discomfort, but it is necessary for any society that doesn't wish to repeat the mistakes of the past. ...read more.

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