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Fast cars Busy schedules No time to think Burn books Dont think In the futuristic society of Fahrenheit 451 books are known by the public to have this negative appeal What the people of this time are blinded to is that these books hold knowledge and ideas which in this utopia the government keeps well hidden from them Although there were many other symbols throughout the novel the books I believe played the most important role and fulfilled many functions in the work The books symbolize knowledge and power which the government uses to pressure and control its people In the story Captain Beatty states that the books were too complex and made citizens unhappy so they banished a few here and a few there and overtime books became extinct and with them the knowledge they held The people too gradually became less intellectual because of the banishment of books and eventually lack the ability to think for themselves The government wanted to be in control They wanted to be able to have this power over the people to keep them from independently thinking and having a freedom of speech Therefore in order to do this they destroyed the books which were full of ideas that kept people thinking stories of all kinds of things that they didnt want instilled in the peoples minds The books symbolize knowledge and power which reveals a mixture of thingsideas in the novel What Bradbury may have been trying to get across was that literature is in fact very important Books are just one of many other things that hold ideas and nourish our brain and give us that extra push to think outside Books hold knowledge and Bradbury proves that knowledge is power By destroying the books the government destroyed everything in them leaving the people with nothing The citizens had no books no knowledge therefore no power Man without knowledge is nothing just like Montags wife Mildred
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