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Posted October 27, 2012 at 2:44 PM via web

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In Fahrenheit 451, what are three examples/major cases that demonstrates the use of a totalitarion government and how this government uses censorship?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 27, 2012 at 4:26 PM (Answer #1)

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Three examples of the totalitarian regime are that reading books are illegal, books are burned, people are not allowed to drive slowly or be pedestrians, and television is used to control people.

The first evidence of totalitarianism regime and government censorship is in the burning of books.

When Clarisse asks Montag about being a fireman, they have this conversation.

Do you ever read any of the books you bum?"

He laughed. "That's against the law!"

"Oh. Of course." (part 1)

The fact that reading books is illegal, and books are burned, is a hint that ideas are not allowed.  Books are a source of and a way of spreading ideas.  By eliminating books, they control the ideas.

The second example is that people are arrested for driving slowly, or being pedestrians.

"Oh, just my mother and father and uncle sitting around, talking. It's like being a pedestrian, only rarer. My uncle was arrested another time-did I tell you?-for being a pedestrian. Oh, we're most peculiar." (part 1)

The government controls their every move.  If people are always moving fast, they are easy to control.  When people slow down, and stop and think, there is more potential for damage.

Another example of a totalitarian regime is that the government uses television to control people.  When they are at home, they are hypnotized by the television.

The room was indeed empty. Every night the waves came in and bore her off on their great tides of sound, floating her, wide-eyed, toward morning. (part 1)

All of these examples allow the totalitarian government to control the people’s thoughts and keep them under control.


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