11 March 2014
A review of Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451 is a futuristic novel, telling the story of a time where books and independent thinking are outlawed. In a time so unenlightened, where those who want to better themselves by thinking, are outlawed and killed. In the future where people don’t have rights to read and are modeled to think, nearly like robots. Their mind is dominated by the society so everyone is brainwashed. Happiness is supreme goal of government. Books and ideas are destroyed, books are incinerated, where as ideas thinking becomes a danger to society and is not tolerated. Censorship and its effect to the world is the heart of the book, it is the most important theme throughout the novel. We can know the state in dictionary of censorship is stopping transmission or publication of matter that is considered to be object to society. Although the book does not provide a clear explanation of why books are banned and burnt in the futuristic world that Ray Bradbury imagines, the plot of the novel implies two groups of reason: one factor is the lack of interests of people in such an insane world and the other is people’s hostility toward books. For the first factor, because of the expanding of entertainment in everyday life such as television, computer and radio, people cannot have independently thoughts and consider anything that is beyond their understandings. Ray Bradbury thinks the presence of fast cars, loud music and few communications is likely to happen in the future, which is close to us. Too much model events have taken over people’s mind and made their lifestyle different from nowadays. As Beatty tells Montag about the attitude of people to books burning: “Colored people do not like Little Black Sambo, burn it. While people do not feel good about Uncle Tom’s Cabin, burn it”. These aspects are the main reasons why people show their impatience and fewer interests in reading...
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