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Transcript of Book Burning
destruction of books or other
literary material through fire What it represents... An element of censorship and protest.
It can be caused by social, cultural, or political opposition to the literature Why Fire? Fire was used as the main way to destroy literature because it could symbolically represent a total desecration of knowledge and was the worst form of censorship at the time. Also, fire could spark movements or show a strong belief in something,
especially a protest. For example, Thich Quang Duc, a buddhist monk, and Mohamed Bouazizi, a street vendor, protested by setting themselves on fire and their deaths had a ubiquitous impact on society. Who burned books? Vandals, religious extremists,
government officials, and people
in general who opposed intellectual progression. Most burned books A Timeline of Notable Book Burnings 213 B.C. To make the Qin dynasty more powerful, books that held Confucian beliefs were burned except for the single copy that was saved in the national library. 600 AD Caliph Omar burned over 200,000 objectionable books, that
warmed the water of the city of Alexandria for 6 months. 1258 Mongols attacked baghdad, scoured the city for books, set them
on fire, and then proceeded to dump them into the Tigris river 1492 The Spanish conquered Granada, the last muslim region of
europe, while emptying its libraries and burning its books 1948 New York residents went home to home collecting and
burning comic books that were thought to
teach children bad morals 1966 - 1976 Mao Zedong ordered the burning of books he
disagreed with during his "cultural revolution" 1993 2003 The allied powers took over Iraq and burned almost all of the
books in national and Islamic libraries Modern Day Book burnings are on a decline because people are realizing that ideas cannot be
destroyed so easily. "Castro can destroy everything, except for books. He may censor, ban or even burn them, but the ideas contained in books
can never be destroyed."
— Carlos Franqui Also, censorship now causes a boomerang effect. This happened
to Barbra Streisand and her lawsuit against a photographer. Connection to Fahrenheit 451 Montag and the rest of the fireman, had a duty
to burn books for the government so that they
do not "corrupt" people or give them the "wrong" idea of the past. "It [is] a pleasure to burn. It [is] special to see
things eaten, to see things blackened and changed."
(Bradbury 1) reasons for book burning economical reasons
fairness of losing position
fun The end