We learned a lot about Bradbury from this interview and from his books. One of Bradbury’s personal concerns was for books. He discussed how when he was younger he was a librarian and Hitler began burning books. You can tell this was a major concern for Bradbury because he was very fond of books and fond of the history of books. When the burning of the books began Bradbury took it very personally because of the great love and appreciation he had for literature. He once said, “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” The burning of books was a concern for Bradbury because he believed that if you didn’t have books and the ability to read you couldn’t be apart of any civilization, which was dangerous to Bradbury. He believed that books were being burned because if you knew how to read you could read about all kinds of things that government officials didn’t want you to read about, (such as how to vote, and your rights) because they wanted to be in power.
Bradbury’s personal dream would be that we are a country that is a democracy full of readers. Currently that is how our country is and I know Bradbury would be happy about it. He believes that being able to read can get you much farther in life and can help you to understand things and help you through life. He believes that the ability to read is a powerful thing, which is why the government was burning books. They wanted complete control over everyone. If there weren’t books people wouldn’t be able to learn to read, or if they could read there would be nothing to read and nothing to learn about that could possibly cause someone to go against the government. This was exactly what Bradbury didn’t want to happen. He believed that “if you don’t know how to read, you don’t know how to decide.” This all caused Bradbury to have the dream that our country be a democracy of readers and stay that way.