How does the government obtain and maintain power over the populous in Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451

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The government in Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 doesn't have to force the populous to be submissive to its desires. In fact, the government simply capitalizes on the weaknesses of the populace to take control and maintain its manipulative power. When people stopped reading, educating themselves, and caring about anything other than having fun, the government easily stepped in by creating a system where people could tattle on their neighbors for having books. Faber explains it as follows:

"Remember, the firemen are rarely necessary. The public itself stopped reading of its own accord. You firemen provide a circus now and then at which buildings are set off and crowds gather for the pretty blaze, but it's a small sideshow indeed, and hardly necessary to keep things in line. So few want to be rebels any more" (87).

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