Society In Fahrenheit 451 Essay Question

Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 Essay

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In the book Fahrenheit 451 the theme is a society/world that revolves around being basically brain washed or programmed because of the lack of people not thinking for themselves concerning the loss of knowledge, and imagination from books that don't exist to them. In such stories as the Kurt Vonnegut's "You have insulted me letter" also involving censorship to better society from vulgarity and from certain aspects of life that could be seen as disruptive to day to day society which leads to censorship of language and books. Both stories deal with censorship and by that society is destructed in a certain way by the loss of knowledge from books.
Fahrenheit 451 involves such characters as Guy Montag, Mildred Montag, Captain…show more content…

In "You Have Insulted Me" a letter by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. is another good example of censorship in our own society. That relates to Fahrenheit 451 concerning censorship but there is also a difference in Fahrenheit 451 compared to the "the letter" by Vonnegut. In Fahrenheit the idea of censorship are no books what so ever because of the lack of society reading, but in "the letter" books are denied to younger readers and the public because of content, such as vulgarity, and sexuality. They both lack knowledge that is given but never fully taken in and which makes them both a censored society/world.
Censorship is widely used in our society to prevent us from seeing or hearing things that could disrupt our surroundings. Is it right to censor or not, its tough question and that question appears in Fahrenheit 451, The Letter, and our own day to day life's. In Fahrenheit and The Letter they were censored to better the society without knowing the true aspects of the life. Also in both stories it seems as though censorship is fear, afraid of something that could be wonderful and even knowledgeable to society.
In Fahrenheit 451 the lack of books later turns the book in an avalanche effect of conformity leading to

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  • 1

    Compare and contrast conformity and individuality as presented in Fahrenheit 451.

  • 2

    Discuss how Montag's changing perception of fire mirrors his personal development.

  • 3

    Name the three parts of Fahrenheit 451 and explain how they are relevant to their respective content.

  • 4

    Analyze Captain Beatty. Is he truly an idealogue in support of censorship or is he hiding an allegiance to freedom of expression? Use specific examples from the text in your argument.

  • 5

    Analyze Mildred Montag. Is she truly happy leading a life blind to reality? Use specific examples from the text in your argument.

  • 6

    Symbols are very important in Fahrenheit 451. Name three specific symbols and outline their references and meanings throughout the novel.

  • 7

    Discuss the complexities of Bradbury's message. Is he against all forms of censorship? Do you think a society such as this could ever truly exist? What aspects of this society does Bradbury appear to detest the most?

  • 8

    Compare and contrast Mildred and Clarisse. How did each woman come to exist? What roles do they play in society? Can either truly survive?

  • 9

    Discuss the role of nature in Fahrenheit 451, with specific references to animals and water.

  • 10

    Follow Montag's ideological progression. Where does it truly begin and what are the most important instances that spur its growth?

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    Discuss the blurred distinction between life and death in Fahrenheit 451, referring to Mildred, Clarisse, and the life-like machines that dominate society.


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