Essay about Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

1240 Words Mar 28th, 2015 5 Pages
Fahrenheit 451 is a powerful scientific fiction novel analyzing the effects of the loss of books and free thought in a society that Bradbury has created where books are banned and destroyed. Fahrenheit 451 is regarded as Bradbury’s most notable work and well known piece of literature. The Washington Post regards Fahrenheit 451 as "A chilling work about a dystopian society” (1). Fahrenheit 451 is significantly different from Bradbury’s other similar fictional works as he regards Fahrenheit 451 as a scientific fiction novel, not fantasy. He made this distinction clear when he said, “I 've written only one book of science fiction [Fahrenheit 451]. All the others are fantasy. Fantasies are things that can 't happen, and science fiction is about things that can happen” (Bradbury). Bradbury’s frightening, disturbing idea of a dystopian society where books are banned that may occur in the future makes it a worldwide best seller and emphasizes the necessity of free speech and not censorship.

“Censorship is the core issue in this work” (Luker). According to The New Oxford American Dictionary, censorship is defined as “The suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news, etc. that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security” (Oxford). Montag’s job as a fireman is not to put out fires, but to create fires. Montag and the other firemen are dispatched to people’s homes to burn books “that encourage people to aspire toward thought and…

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