The Power of Censorship

Book Picture by Austin Lu


In the society of Fahrenheit 451, firemen burn books rather than putting fires out. Montag, the main character, is a fireman. The people in this futuristic American city do not read books, have meaningful conversations, or enjoy nature. Instead, they endlessly watch television and drive fast. Even though Montag’s job is to exterminate the books, he has developed a slight interest in them.

“At least once in his career, every fireman gets an itch. What do the books say, he wonders. Oh, to scratch that itch, eh? Well, Montag, take my word for it, I’ve had to read a few in my time, to know what I was about, and the books say nothing!” (Bradbury, 30)

This brings me to my thematic statement, “Censorship only empowers curiosity”. This is represented when Montag secretly takes a few books from a house he burned down.

My Multimedia is a minimalist art piece that I created. It represents the books being burned in the broken society of Fahrenheit 458. The match illustrates the censorship trying to banish the books from ever being read.  The white colour of the pages of the books is shining bright, almost like it’s reaching out to you, calling on you to read it.
All in all, censoring and burning books only empowers people to become more curious about what the books contain.


Software used: Canva
Book by Laurent Canivet from the Noun Project
matches by Abdul Wahhab from the Noun Project

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