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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Fahrenheit 451: Books

It is extremely mysterious why all books are illegal. The book gives a couple possibilities as to why the books have been banned. These possibilities are basically broken down into two groups. The first group includes a general lack of interest in reading the books. Apparently, there are these other things that are like condensed versions of actual books. They take most of the hassle out of reading because they are so short, but they still give all the main plot lines. They would probably make it easier to "read" a book because it is a short, quick overview of the same thing but without the general boring parts of books. I think I would like that, actually. Also, in a world of so many distractions, there is hardly any time to sit down and read a full book. The parlor, for example, in the Montags' home represents one of those distractions in Mildred's case. She spends as much time in that room as humanly possible, and she is always wanting to put in more, better stuff. Also, there are things like the radio, large, colorful advertisements, and bullet cars that speed everywhere and provide a fun time for the driver and passengers. However, all of the distractions are potentially dangerous. The cars could crash; the radio could polute the minds of the listeners; and the signs on the highway could draw the drivers' attention away from driving or make the driver think about it too much. Second, the books cause open hostility among the people and toward the higher control. The government is afraid that the people will read the books and start thinking in the ways of the books. These books could be slandering the government or the police or promoting the same factors, but they just do not want to take that risk of allowing the people to voice themselves through books. Who knows? Maybe someone will think too much about the books and go out into the world to find himself. Oh, wait, did that happen anyway?

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