Why are books burned in the society of Fahrenheit 451?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

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.

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access
Approved by eNotes Editorial