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F451-Burning of Books

In Fahrenheit 451, author Ray Bradbury, made an infamous statement that puts the entire novel into perspective for a reader. His notorious quote, "There is more than one way to burn a book," compiles the entire concept that he was trying to portray through the characters. In Fahrenheit 451, the dystopian society that was depicted destroyed books through various methods and tactics.
When Bradbury said, "There is more than one way to burn a book", he was referring to the fact that the society he depicted in his novel wanted to destroy their one main source of knowledge in order to make everyone think the same. In order to do this, the members of the community "burnt" books in various ways. Examples such as brainwashing, murder, censorship, and various other methods were used to help "burn" books.
One way of "burning" a book is to brainwash a person to the point where they no longer need to rely on the knowledge within a book, instead they are absorbed in their own life. For example, Montag's wife sheltered herself from the need to get the knowledge from a book. Books at this time were filled with useful knowledge, however Mildred and the rest of the community were so brainwashed that they could not understand what the books were referring to in life. Instead they turned their attention from the books that held so many thoughts and life issues and focused on non-knowledgeable items such as the "televised walls". When every single person in the community neglected the knowledge within the books and focused on the same thoughts and ideas, each one of them soon began to think the same, react the same and have the same feelings as one another. They were in a sense, "brainwashed" into thinking alike. Their minds were not open to the various ideas and thoughts that the books contained. This in fact was a form of "burning books"; the brainwashed members …