Fahrenheit 451 Themes
Study the following Fahrenheit 451 themes and impress your classmates.
The Danger of Censorship
Faber points out that people allowed censorship. Beatty tells Montag how censorship became necessary:
"Don't step on the toes of the dog lovers, the cat lovers, doctors, lawyers, merchant, chiefs, Mormons, Baptists, Unitarians, second-generation Chinese, Swedes, Italians, Germans, Texans, Brooklynites, Irishmen, people from Oregon or Mexico The bigger your market, Montag, the less you handle controversy." (57).
The problem with censorship is only those in power have access to knowledge, evidenced by Faber's depth of literary knowledge, and claim it is there duty to make decisions for everyone. Faber reasons that if censorship is such a good thing then why are there so many suicides and why are they always at war.
The Danger of Ignorance
The fireman's responsibility is to destroy knowledge and promote ignorance in order to ensure equality. Ignorance, however, promotes suicide, poor decisions, and empty lives. It also allows government to do what it pleases.
Faber explains, "If the government is inefficient, top heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it." (61). Perhaps Bradbury saw that schools would some day spend three days on the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence while spending weeks on cutting out golden stars for National Wildlife Week and other government promoted events.
The Danger of Information Overload
In Montag's society, schools no longer teach. They merely fill kids with knowledge and make them think they're smart. Faber explains, "Cram them full of non-combustible data, chock them so damn full of facts they feel stuffed, but absolutely brilliant with information.
Then they'll feel they're thinking, they'll get a sense of motion without moving. And they'll be happy, because facts of that sort don't change. Faber recognizes that lack of information is not the problem, knowing what to do with it is. What would he say about the Internet?