How is the theme of censorship developed throughout Fahrenheit 451?

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Bradbury develops the theme of censorship by gradually introducing the ways in which society chose to neglect literature and the government's reasons for censoring intellectual thought. Initially, Bradbury describes how the government decided to censure knowledge by destroying books. As the novel progresses, Captain Beatty explains to Montag how society's wish for immediate entertainment and the population's distaste for criticism led to the censorship of books. Essentially, the dystopian society sought to eliminate any type of uncomfortable discussion regarding their lives. As the novel progresses, Montag reaches out to Faber who explains to him the significance of books. Through their conversations, Bradbury examines the dangers of censorship. Montag eventually escapes the authorities and joins a band of traveling intellectuals who find a way to avoid censorship regulation by remembering novels. Overall, Bradbury gradually examines the theme of censorship by exploring how and why the government chose to censure intellectual thought, as well as the dangers attached to censoring literature.