According to Fahrenheit 451, what is the meaning of freedom of choice?

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Freedom of choice is having the opportunity to think for yourself and make your own decisions. It is, essentially, having the right to read books and think about the questions they raise.

People in Montag's society are denied freedom of choice by a government that bans owning and reading books. Knowledge is dumbed down so that people don't have to think and must simply obey those in authority while entertaining themselves with vacuous televised amusements, like the White Clown.

Beatty explains this system as a way to make people happy. He says that in the past, people who were too smart stuck out and were bullied and made miserable. He also states that the population itself showed that it wanted a dumbed-down life by choosing entertainment magazines and television over serious literature.

Seeing Mildred's misery and...

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