In Bradbury's dystopian society, literature is censored and intellectual pursuits are considered illegal. There are numerous examples of how censoring literature negatively impacts the story's society, beginning with the intellectual malaise that results from an unintelligent, ignorant populace. The citizens in Bradbury's dystopian society are completely ignorant and engage in destructive, unhealthy behaviors. Instead of exercising their minds, the majority of citizens prefer to watch their interactive parlour walls, listen to Seashell radios, and take prescription medications. Without the intellectual capacity to understand and exercise diplomacy, their society is engaged in continuous wars and is eventually destroyed by an atomic bomb.
Censoring literature also oppresses individuality and promotes conformity. Citizens do not have the freedom to express themselves artistically, socially, or politically and are prohibited from criticizing the authoritarian regime. The government also uses censorship laws to strengthen its control over society, manipulate the population, and avoid criticism. These laws also make it easier for the government to control the flow of information, which ensures its stability and promotes its self-serving agenda. In addition to giving the government complete authority, citizens resort to destructive hobbies, distance themselves from each other, and lack essential communication skills. The censorship laws dissuade individuals from communicating about meaningful topics, which has a devastating effect on their psychological health. For example, Mildred refuses to engage in meaningful conversations and ruins her marriage. She also attempts to commit suicide and lives in complete denial.