What are the moral lessons for Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I do not necessarily disagree with what the first answer says, but I think that it misses the biggest moral lesson of all in this book.

To me, the moral is that people must love learning and thinking and books or else those things will disappear.  After all, it is not the government that comes up with the idea of censorship -- it is the people who demand it.  This book tells us that it is up to people to protect their freedoms or the freedoms will be taken away -- not necessarily by the government, but possibly by their fellow citizens.

So Bradbury wants us to be more contemplative and less interested in excitement and easy pleasures.

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mstultz72 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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1.  Censorship is evil: it is an intrusion on freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and banning books is academic and moral neglect

2.  Books must be protected at all costs: they cannot be changed, amended, rated with labels, stripped or watered down, or sampled.  They must be preserved as a whole to protect the moral integrity of both art and artist.

3.  A government that bans books is a fascist or totalitarian regime whose citizens must band together, rebel, and preserve knowledge and academic freedom.

4.  Nuclear war threatens to destroy the planet.  The only thing worse than a world without books is a world burned to ashes by nuclear warfare.  In the 1950s, nuclear holocaust was a real threat to global annihilation.

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