Fahrenheit 451: The Importance of Bradbury's View of Government

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Fahrenheit 451
In the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Guy Montag is the main character. He is a fireman in a world that is based in the future. In this world, firemen burn books and start fires instead of putting them out. The people in this world don’t read since it is forbidden, they don’t go outside to enjoy nature, or spend time by themselves; they simply drive fast and watch television. Curiosity overtakes Guy as he starts to steal books from houses he is burning, reads them, and then stashes them in his house. One day while at work, the firemen get a call about a house and are surprised when they end up at Guy’s house. Guy saves a few books from his burning house and goes on the run. Eventually the only way to avoid capture and arrest is to jump into a river, which then takes him to a group of people who want to bring books back to the world. In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury creates this universal truth that censorship can only be taken to a certain level before humanity starts to deteriorate, and that it is important for us humans to think independently as well as freely. The author manipulates conflict to create his theme. To be able to think independently and express ideas, we have to be different from one another. When Guy is listening to Captain Beatty, he can relate to this through his past experiences. "Surely you remember the boy in your own school class who was exceptionally ‘bright,’ did most of the reciting and answering while the others sat like so many leaden idols, hating him. And wasn't it this bright boy you selected for beatings and tortures after hours? Of course it was. We must all be alike. 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.” (105). The author uses Captain Beatty to tell the reader that being intelligent and different, in a society where...
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