Fahrenheit 451

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Do you think it is wrong to tell people how to think and feel? Well I do. It is wrong for a government to tell its people what to think and to not educate them with the knowledge within books. Our society is remarkably similar to the one Ray Bradbury described in Fahrenheit 451 based the fact that at one point or another books were burned and banned, religion is made into a joke, fascism and communism played a role in both societies.

Our society and the society in Fahrenheit 451 are eerily similar because in both societies books were banned and burned at some point in time. In Fahrenheit 451 books were banned and burned so no one would feel somber or have any thoughts or emotions. Something close to this is the 95 Thesis the Catholic church wanted nothing to oppose them. Similar to that of the government in Fahrenheit 451. The burning of the books is also similar to what the Nazis did in the 1930’s and 1940’s with the Jewish population. In Fahrenheit 451 the books were rounded up and burned. Just like the Germans rounded up the Jews and sent them to work camps and death camps. In both societies books were rounded up and destroyed over selfish and egotistical nonsense.

In our society religion is made into a joke. In Fahrenheit 451 religious icons were used for advertisement purposes. In our society religious icons are used as jokes in television shows, on the internet, and on social networking websites. I have seen appearances of religious figures in animated television shows. An example of this would be shows such as “Family Guy” and “South Park”. Religion doesn’t play as big of a role as it use to in our societies.

In Fahrenheit 451 communism and fascism can clearly be seen in the government. In the story people are taken away in the middle of the night for having books. People turn each other in for having books. This sounds like the evil regime that Adolf Hitler led in world war two. Neighbors would turn one another into the...
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