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What message is Bradbury trying to convey in Fahrenheit 451?

The book deals with a lot of themes about censorship, so naturally you would think censorship is one of his main points or themes he is trying to convey in the book. Strangely enough, censorship was ...
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Ray Bradbury says Fahrenheit 451 isn't about censorship. Is he right?

You can make an argument for anything, really. It just depends on whether it's a good argument. I'd argue that the common interpretation of Fahrenheit 451 as being about government censorship isn't a ...
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Did Montag ever have rebellious thoughts before meeting Clarisse?

Montag committed at least one lapse prior to meeting Clarisse, about a year earlier when he encountered an old man in the park. In addition to listening to a poetry reading (not in and of itself a ...
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Is religion still an important factor in the world of Fahrenheit 451?

It isn't, at least not in the form we know it. The society presented in the book is one of leisure, easily consumed entertainment and carelessnes. Any thoughtprovoking material (i.e. books, especially ...
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Ray Bradbury says Fahrenheit 451 isn't about censorship. Is he right?

Have you been to a library recently? In olden times, libraries had books. Lots of books. That was how you learned things. When newspapers and magazines came along, libraries added newspapers and ...
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Ray Bradbury says Fahrenheit 451 isn't about censorship. Is he right?

To me the censorship angle is there on the surface, but when you look more deeply, if you wanted to argue that it wasn't about censorship, the book itself does support that: He does clearly say in ...
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Allusion to Plato in Fahrenheit 451?

This excerpt: Montag shook his head. He looked at a blank wall. The girl's face was there, really quite beautiful in memory: astonishing, in fact. She had a very thin face like the dial of a small ...
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What does Beatty mean by “Life becomes one big pratfall, Montag; everything bang; boff, and wow!” in Fahrenheit 451

The context to this quote is very useful. It's from the section when Beatty is telling Montag about the dumbing-down of life over the ages: shorten the books, add pictures, add games constantly, ...
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Ray Bradbury says Fahrenheit 451 isn't about censorship. Is he right?

Firemen were analogous to The Banner in The Fountainhead - they didn't create the problem, they just capitalized on existing desires. They destroyed books because people wanted them destroyed. Firemen ...
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How does Beatty know who has books and who does not in Fahrenheit 451?

I wondered about this, but I don't think Beatty has to know. Remember, people can be punished just for seeming different, or being the sort of person who evoke suspicion, in Bradbury's future. On ...
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Why are television shows in Fahrenheit 451 interactive?

I was under the impression that the “interaction” was completely fake but intended to create the impression that those in charge had meaningful relationships with the general population. I guess like ...
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