Fahrenheit 451 Essay BY: Tristan Vance Fahrenheit 451contains a complex story about a society in which many things are different than the one we have come to know today. The story has many themes like censorship and loyalty. Although this book was written a long time ago, some of the ideas from this book have come into existence.
This brings about the question of where our society is headed in the future. One of the not so evident themes in this book is the topic of happiness. In the story, Montag’s friend Faber, the former college professor discusses three things a person needs for true happiness.He basically states that a person needs quality information with depth, leisure time to digest the information and think, and the right to carry out actions based on what we learn from the interaction of the others. Thinking is not a luxury that the people in Fahrenheit 451 know. Therefore, Faber is explaining to Montag that understanding something and thinking about it after you read is important.
The fact that they are not allowed to read and the people all act the same, relates to the topic of conformity. If everyone conforms and become the same, nothing will be interesting anymore.Our society would have no depth.
John F. Kennedy once said “Conformity is a jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth,” and this almost relates directly to this book. The quote is saying that if our society is all the same, then that is what will soon be expected and it will eventually take our freedom from us. It also means that our society will never grow because if we all conform, there will be no thinking and no progressing; we will all be satisfied with ourselves and our lives, leaving no room for new ideas and progress.Being happy with where we are now and just staying at this point would make our society freeze; no progress, no change, and no thinking. When a person is told how to live their own lives they forget to make their own decisions and they just become another face in the crowd. A perhaps more evident theme in this book is censorship. The censorship in Fahrenheit 451 seemed to have started among the people of their society.
The people were tired of being depressed and unhappy, so they started to take the things that were making them this way, out of their lives.They started with books; censoring which ones couldn’t be read and which ones made people think and contemplate things. The censoring bad things eventually turned into not having books at all. The government took all sources of unhappiness and replaced them with things that prevented them from thinking. All of this put limits on their creativity and made everyone lose their individuality.
The society in Fahrenheit 451 had a mass amount of censorship, unlike the world we live in. However, our society also has censorship.School systems ban books from libraries, movies bleep out forms of expression, newspapers and other sources of media are all censored to what the public is allowed to know and what we are left in the dark about; all of these things show censorship. Although these things are not as extreme as the society in the book, our society is left without all of the facts and puts limits on a person’s creativity, originality, and expression. Everyone in the world of Fahrenheit 451 do the same things all the time.They drive fast cars and watch flat screen televisions all day instead of reading, creating, progressing, and stopping to think about things.
Books were destroyed in their world because they were afraid they might offend people; to treat everyone equally. They certainly achieved that, but at the same time they took everyone’s individuality and expression away. The world of Fahrenheit 451 has many disadvantages, if we are not careful, our world could eventually lead to something like it.It is important that our society has the least amount of censorship as possible, that way we can keep our expression and our individuality at hand. Our freedom is valuable and keeping ourselves happy shouldn’t be our sonly concern for the world.
Fahrenheit 451 teaches many lessons and makes one aware of their originality and freedom. Guy Montag followed the rules created by the government, never questioning them or thinking about them. Montag never once thought of what these laws really meant or what he did really mean, therefore he was never happy; he never really had “freedom. “