What are some examples of satire in the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury?
It is important to note that Bradbury wrote this novel in the late 1940s and published it in 1950. World War II occurred from 1939 to 1945. Censorship was a huge factor in the Nazi program. Hitler's regime operated by spreading propaganda and censoring anything that threatened the Nazi ideology. This included burning books and indoctrinating children at a young age (radicalizing). Likewise, Stalin's program in the Soviet Union utilized propaganda to garner or demand public support for the government's brand of communism.
Bradbury was certainly aware of this kind of tyranny. In the wake of World War II, the United States government began their own brand of censorship. It was a program that accused United States citizens of having communist sympathies. This era in our history is known as McCarthyism, so named for Joseph McCarthy, a US senator who was one of the main players in the campaign to rid America of all things communist. This process singled out citizens and led to the...
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