Fahrenheit 451 Speech

A cautionary tale about the dangers society might face in the future, the novel Fahrenheit 451 written by Ray Bradbury is a vicarious insight into a dystopian world. Fahrenheit should be continued in the syllabus as it contains universal themes and textual integrity that is still applicable in today’s modern society. Through the study of the novel, students can use Fahrenheit 451 as a medium to understand how concerns such as censorship and the negative impact of technology affects society, whilst also allowing students to evaluate their own understanding of it.
Fahrenheit 451 is worthy of continual appreciation, due to its indelible and unique insight into the social scars caused by censorship. Bradbury employs an animal metaphor, “pigeon-winged books” in order to analogise the capacity of a bird to move freely, to independent thought and critical thinking that books facilitate. The burning of these books shows the suppression of intellectual freedom and independent thought, mirroring the regimes of Hitler’s Nazi party and Stalin’s totalitarian regime in Russia. The symbolic meaning suggested in the title of the second chapter, “The Sieve and the Sand” refers to the sand that represents the knowledge that Montag seeks and the sieve that represents his mind trying to retain this knowledge. The symbol shows the oppressive nature of the government, consequently resulting in a society where people minds are incapable of serious metacognition. In Fahrenheit 451 Bradbury’s shows the effects of censorship through the suppression and condemnation of literature. Although exaggerated in the novel, censorship is still present in today’s societies such as North Korea, where all media outlets are controlled by the government. The novel brings up an important issue that society is not so willing to face, in doing so the book is highly valuable in its aspect of criticizing
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