scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 421
The theme of Ray Bradburys Fahrenheit 451 can be viewed from several different angles First and foremost Bradburys novel gives an anti-censorship message Bradbury understood censorship to be a natural outcropping of an overly tolerant society Once one group objects to something someone has written that book is modified and censorship begins Soon another minority group objects to something else in the book and it is again edited until eventually the book is banned altogether In Bradburys novel society has evolved to such an extreme that all literature is illegal to possess No longer can books be read not only because they might offend someone but because books raise questions that often lead to revolutions and even anarchy The intellectual thinking that arises from reading books can often be dangerous and the government doesnt want to put up with this danger Yet this philosophy according to Bradbury completely ignores the benefits of knowledge Yes knowledge can cause disharmony but in many ways knowledge of the past which is recorded in books can prevent man from making similar mistakes in the present and future The society envisioned by Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451 is often compared to Huxleys Brave New World Though both works definitely have an anti-government theme this is not the core idea of Bradburys novel As Beatty explains in part one government control of peoples lives was not a conspiracy of dictators or tyrants but a consensus of everyday people People are weak-minded they dont want to think for themselves and solve the troubling problems of the world It is far easier to live a life of seclusion and illusion--a life where the television is reality Yet more importantly Fahrenheit 451 is an anti-apathy and anti-dependence and anti-television message People in the novel are afraid--afraid of themselves They fear the thought of knowing which leads them to depend of others government to think for them Since they arent thinking they need something to occupy
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA