When Fahrenheit 451 was released in 1953

When Fahrenheit 451 was released in 1953 - 7. For example,...

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1. When Fahrenheit 451 was released in 1953, censorship was a major concern in the U.S. 2. Senator Joseph McCarthy was leading a witch hunt to root out all suspected Communists sympathizers in the government, as well as writers, publishers, moviemakers, and performers. 3. McCarthy's findings were mostly unfounded, but they ruined the careers of many people who were blacklisted or fired because of their supposed links to Communism. 4. Bradbury's novel, Fahrenheit 451 is social criticism of this era and a warning of what was to come in the future if the censorship of people's thoughts, beliefs, ideas, and works continued to occur in the U.S. 5. In Fahrenheit 451, censorship consists of book burning, manipulative parlor families, and the intolerance of those who attempt to be an individual. 6. Bradbury sends a very direct message showing readers what can happen if they allow the government to take total control of what they do, read, watch, and discuss.
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Unformatted text preview: 7. For example, the government in Fahrenheit 451 has taken control and demanded that books be given the harshest measure of censorship. 8. Although the books and people have fallen victims to censorship in Fahrenheit 451 , luckily, some citizens remain who are willing to sacrifice their lives to ensure that books remain alive. 9. As Faber notes in a conversation with Montag, "It's not books you need, it's some of the things that once were in books." Faber then continues this conversation with Montag pointing out that people need "the right to carry out actions based on what we learn. <p82> 10. Because the government has censored so much in its society, the citizens in Fahrenheit 451 have no idea about what is truly happening in their world. 11. A direct result of their limited knowledge is that their entire city is destroyed because propaganda wouldn't allow individuals to see that their destruction was imminent....
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This note was uploaded on 07/02/2009 for the course ELI 1020 taught by Professor Utah during the Spring '09 term at University of Utah.

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