English 10 Honors
How much of censorship do you believe is too much? I’ve asked myself this question before and this book, “Fahrenheit 451” made me think about it much more and made me question. In this book the society uses an extreme case of censorship to an extent, making sure nobody has too many questions about the kind of government they have and the secret world that they live in. 451degrees is the temperature at which books burn, which happens quite a lot in this book. Fires are not being put out, but they are being started to distinguish every inch of books left and if you don’t want to leave your house, then you’ll be burned alive. What kind of person would be okay with this and make rules and laws for people to obey such a thing?
Captain Beatty is the head fireman and makes the rules of where and when a fire happens. He’s a bit of an interesting character, given that he is one of the most intelligent and informational men you hear about in the book. He knows more about them than anyone, has studied and memorized lines from hundreds of books like they were his religion. “You’ve been locked up here for years with a regular damned Tower of Babel,” he tells an old woman. “You think you can walk on water with your books,” he says to Montag. “There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats, for I am arm’d so strong in honesty that they pass me in an idle wind, which I respect not,” Captain Beattys last dying words. The question is, why would Captain Beatty be the antagonist if he knows so much about books, but wants to abolish them? He knows what literature can do to a person. It opens up a whole new door to people and shows them what is out there in the rest of the world. It is made up of many people’s ideas about past, present, and future, It is also made up of many facts formed by other people. Within reading books, you start to “think” and that can be concerning to Beatty. Too many people...
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