“Do you ever read any of the books you burn?”
He laughed. “That’s against the law!”
This shows that rule breaking is unspoken of in the society, and the idea of rivalling the government is so impossible, it’s amusing. Another way the government manipulates is by keeping people so occupied; the thought of doing anything else would never enter their minds:
They run us so ragged by the end of the day we can’t do anything else but go to bed.
The government creates fun-parks for youths to go to after school, as well as other sources of mindless entertainment for adults after they finish at work. Jobs such as writers, philosophers, and scientists do not exist. At schools teachers are not required, as students learn through video tapes and only learn subjects which do not require much thought. This way they are occupied and are restricted from sharing ideas, which could lead to the downfall of the government, and are therefore stopped from being able to think or act as individuals.
Fear is another thing...