Fahrenheit 451 Essay

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Fahrenheit 451 responds directly to the cultural environment in America in the early 1950s. Bradbury presents an oppressive view of society, ultimately suggesting that the society's most serious problems are false ideology and values, a boredom that seems virtually impossible to overcome.


Bradbury's book as a whole seems to endorse the claim of Faber (an ex-English professor whom Montag consults after he himself begins to rebel) that the problem is not really with the system, but with the people:
Remember, the firemen are rarely necessary. The public itself stopped reading of its own accord. You firemen provide a circus now and then at which buildings are set off and crowds gather for the pretty blaze, but it's a small sideshow indeed, and hardly necessary to keep things in line." (Bradbury 94).
Bradbury, however, seems to view the theatrical demonstrations of power in his book as a commentary not on official power, but on popular taste, suggesting that people simply like spectacles and that the government is merely giving them what they want (Bustard 34).
'The burning of books" symbolizes death and darkness. ...
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