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FAHRENHEIT 451 BY RAY BRADBURY This is an essay over the book Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury. In this book two of the main characters are a man named Faber, who loves books, and the fire chief, Beatty, who destroys books. This essay will cover the reasons for the book being written, and the theories about books discussed by these two characters in this book. This book was written to show the evils of censorship. Ray Bradbury wrote this book because he could not stand the censorship going on around him and he wanted to speak out against it in his own way. At the time this book was written Bradbury was typing his books on typewriters either in his garage or in the basement of the library at the University of California at Los Angeles. Ray had a love for books and could not stand the censorship of these treasures going on, so he did the only thing he could, he wrote a book about a future without books.

In Bradbury's book the firemen were burners of the illegal books that some people still insisted on clinging to, they had taken censorship to a whole new level and just done away with books completely. To Bradbury this was almost the same as what was going on around him, as he wrote in his Coda, "There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches. Every minority...feels it has the will, the right, the duty to douse the kerosene, light the fuse." To Bradbury ripping a page or even a paragraph from a book was one of the worst sins imaginable.

One of the main characters in this book was named Faber, he was an elderly man...