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Why are books burned in Guy's society?

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Weirdly enough, books are burned in this society because that is the way that most of the people want it to be.  Books make them uncomfortable and so they have gotten the government to make books illegal.

There are a couple of reasons the people don't like books:

  • They do not like to have to think.  Their attention spans have gotten really short and they would rather watch the parlour walls.
  • They do not like how books make them feel.  Books make some people (blacks, Mormons, people who sell cigarettes) upset when their kind are portrayed in a negative way.

So overall, burning books keeps society stable because it makes the people comfortable and happy.

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