Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury Essay

1019 Words Aug 2nd, 2014 5 Pages
Although Fahrenheit 451 is comprised of a futuristic universe and a backdrop of Bradbury’s own 1950s America inspiration, its central themes are certainly still applicable in our current time era: perhaps 2014 is wedged directly in between the ‘50s, which marked the awakening of a technological age; and the dystopian society that lurked within Bradbury’s own imagination. Fahrenheit 451 brazenly explores the themes of technology, the destruction of the natural world, and control and censorship, forcing us to compare our own society to that of one of Bradbury’s darkest and most provoking creations: an organised chaos where individual thought is banished, and literature is disregarded as something that separates humankind. Fahrenheit 451 is more than just a novel: it’s a caution that makes its readers reflect on their own lives.
Bradbury highlights the modern issue of censorship with something so archaic and primal that it stretches back to the 7th Century BC, although Bradbury was inspired something a little closer to home. In the 1930s, book burnings were scheduled regularly in Nazi Germany to destroy all texts deemed as ‘degenerate’, especially those written by Jewish authors, including Karl Marx and Albert Einstein. The books were burned as a blatant attempt at purifying Germany – in fact, Joseph Goebbels presented a speech to students in Berlin once, telling them that, “the era of Jewish intellectualism is at an end.” In Fahrenheit 451, all literature is destroyed on…

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