is censorship something that should be allowed or tolerated and what is the knowledge vs. ignorance in this book?
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It depends on what you're talking about. I believe certain forms of media shouldn't be available to all age groups........... and that's all forms across the boards. But I also believe that children, and that's the age group I'm speaking of, should actually be monitored at home. If censorship is going to be done it should be based indiviual decisions and beliefs.
But on the other hand, censorship occurs everyday, all over the world. People are misled and lied to....... truths are manipulated. This kind of censorship promotes hatred and starts wars...........
Throughout the novel, the reader is presented with a conflict between knowledge and ignorance. What does true happiness consist of? Is ignorance bliss, or do knowledge and learning provide true happiness? Montag, in his belief that knowledge reigns, fights against a society that embraces and celebrates ignorance.
The fireman's responsibility is to burn books, and therefore destroy knowledge. Through these actions, the firemen promote ignorance to maintain the sameness of society. After befriending Clarisse, Montag finds himself unable to accept the status quo, believing life is more complete, true and satisfying when knowledge is welcomed into it. After making this discovery, Montag fights against ignorance, trying to help others welcome knowledge into their lives. For example, when his wife's friends come over, he forces them to listen to poetry. Although they become extremely upset after listening to what he reads, they are able to experience true emotion. In Montag's view, this emotion will give these women a fuller and more satisfying life.