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Censorship in Fahrenheit 451
Transcript of Censorship in Fahrenheit 451
- Romans wanted to silence Socrates because they were afraid of the effect ohis ideas had on the youth of Rome.
- The first official law of censorship was introduced in china 300AD
- In China, censorship was considered a legitimate instrument for controlling the moral and political life of the population.
History of Censorship
Impact of Censorship: Happiness
Censorship has a negative effect on happiness in Fahrenheit 451.
Books and mas medias are controlled by government. Everything goes too fast, like TV, radio and even cards. People don't have time to think and do not know what happiness is.
In the novel, we see example of depression.
Mildred and Montag extremely unhappy. According to Clarisse, suicide and violence are common. Characters show the censorship effects happiness.
Impact of Censorship: Freedom of Ideas
Benefits of Censorship
-"Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them. If parents and kids can talk together, we won't have as much censorship because we won't have as much fear." - Judy Blume
- Some books give excuses for bad behaviour and even crimes
- To make sure that people aren't misled by the book or are given extreme ideas
- To keep explicit content away from young children
- It helps parents protect their children and keep them from reading sexual content
- Respecting human rights and religious rights
- The government can censor books that embarrass or criticize them
- Information that can potentially hurt children are frightening subjects or controversial ideas
Enerzaya, Hangyeol, Yoonjoo, Isabelle, Dami
Censorship in Fahrenheit 451
Forms of Censorship
- Fahrenheit 451 is centered on the censorship of books.
- Different forms of censorship displayed throughout the novel.
- Mass Media
- Censorship of War
- Censorship is the most important theme in Fahrenheit 451
- Censorship in Fahrenheit 451 causes society to be unable to think for themselves.
- Society depend heavily on the government as a result.
- Censorship affects society in a variety of ways.
- Similar to Fahrenheit 451, today, many books are censored for its contents.
- Propaganda is prominent throughout the world
Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. [Book Club ed. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1967. Print.
“It’s not books you need, it’s some of the things that were in books.” (Bradbury 149)
Ideas for alternate realities
“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.” - Edmund Burke
“...their rulebooks, which also contained brief histories of the Firemen of America [read] ‘Established, 1790, to burn English-influenced books in the Colonies. First Fireman: Benjamin Franklin.’” (Bradbury
“Is it because we’re having so much fun at home we’ve forgotten the world? Is it because we're so rich and the rest of the world's so poor and we just don't care if they are? I’ve heard rumours; the world is starving but we’re well-fed.” (Bradbury 132)
“If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the Government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it.” (Bradbury 112)
"There must be something in books, things we can't imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don't stay for nothing."
(Ray Bradbury, p.51)
"Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal. Each man the image of every other; then all are happy, for there are no mountains to make them cower, to judge themselves against." (Ray Bradbury, p.25)
"The zipper displaces the button and a man lacks just that much time to think while dressing at dawn, a philosophical hour, and thus a melancholy hour."