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Governments are good at keeping order, but sometimes they get out of control. They’ll control the media to make the public think the way they want them to. They’ll put in laws and regulations to back people into a corner. I believe that our own government these days has too much power and the people running it should be out of the whole deal. The book Fahrenheit 451 gives us a show of what the government can become. They take all the books and burn them so they can tell history how they want. Telling it from the side to make the people think it has always been that way. The first quote from the book, “If you don’t want a house built, hide the nails and wood. If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none.” (Bradbury 93). This shows that if the government takes away your options, you have nothing to worry about, making you much easier …show more content…
The first quote shows the captain following orders from his boss. “Refugees from red zone states are specifically forbidden from travel in the yellow or green zones for the duration of the emergency.” (Mullin 329). It may have started out a place for people to take refuge, but it suddenly turned into a concentration camp and the people running it don’t question the authority. The next quote, “Every single person had gotten up and walked, zombie-like, in the exact same direction.” (Bradbury 343). If you control the food you control the people, and the government knows that. “Evans gestured at me. ”This young man found a large supply of wheat, maybe several hundred tons.” “I’ll kick it up to Black Lake admin in Washington. Thank you for the intel. Dismissed.”” (Bradbury 363) They want the people to stay malnourished so they become dependent on the camp. They don’t want the wheat because it would give the people the strength to fight back and leave the

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