Censorship In Fahrenheit 451

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Censorship in Fahrenheit 451 In Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, the people live in a society full of censorship.

Montag, the main character of the story, is inspired by a young girl to question law around him and begins to have doubts about what good they serve. In Fahrenheit 451, censorship in the world consists of book burning, manipulative parlor families, and the intolerance of those who attempt to be an individual.

Book burning in the story is done by firemen to supposedly prevent society from unhappy emotions and unjust thoughts. Any person who was perceived or proved to possess any sort of reading material was reported to firemen using alarms, which were sent to the fire station. On duty firemen then immediately went to the home of the lawbreaker and burnt the books discovered. Books would be covered in kerosene and torched with a flame-thrower. Houses were made fireproof in order for the firemen to burn the books inside the house without causing too much destruction.

Immediately after the books are burned, the offender is arrested and taken to prison. Although book burning was the most abrupt and outlandish form of censorship, people experienced mind censorship in their homes every day.

Parlor walls were walls in a room used for watching television and specially designed "interactive" programs, designed to provide people with pleasure. Shows written for the soul purpose to please people in their parlors were watched on the walls.

A script would be written with the home viewer's part included, but would be left out during the actual recording of the program while the actors paused to give the viewer time to recite the part at home. Before the show would air on television, copies of the script would be sent to the people who requested...