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by Ray Bradbury

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In Fahrenheit 451, how is censorship shown?

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Censorship is shown in nearly every aspect of the reality imagined by Bradbury in his novel Fahrenheit 451. Primarily, censorship is shown as a heavy-handed act of law enforcement carried out by the "firemen," the presumably governmental agency of which several of the principal characters are a part. Their job is to enforce the law, which forbids not only literature but presumably any sort of reading material which has not been approved by the government. Those who disobey or are found to be in possession of illicit reading material are punished swiftly and brutally. A fireman team is dispatched to their residence, where they proceed to burn it to the ground with all reading material inside.

The government is not only vehemently opposed to any information that deviates from the accepted societal attitude but also very active in implanting ideas that they find to be safe for consumption by the general populace. We don't get a very clear picture of what values these ideas might promote,...

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