How ultimate equality destructs the society

How ultimate equality destructs the society

How ultimate equality destructs the society

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that

they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among

these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

This famous quote from United States Declaration is often used as the

symbol of equality. Fahrenheit 451, a prestigious novel written in 1953 by Ray

Bradbury, is the book that questions us about the how equality should be.

In Fahrenheit 451, the author depicts a destructed society caused by ultimate

sought of equality by people. Everyone thinks they are happy to be same

with others; watching the same TV program, supporting the same politician

and identifying books as the enemy of equality and their happiness. Bradbury

depicts how much the world will be boring and how the society will collapse

under these conditions. If we seek for equality too hard, although we might

be “equal”, we will all be the same. Equality, often said to be the fundamental

of happy life, does not necessarily lead to happiness within people and it is

depicted in many ways in this novel.

Censorship is one of the main characteristics of the society set in Fahrenheit

451. There are many parts that suggest the censorship is under way. The

reason why seeking of equality leads to censorship is that as Beatty state

in the conversation between Montag, it is because “__________”. Although it

seems to be legitimate explanation, the question is, is it good for the people?

Does this kind of equality makes people happy? Denying every information or

knowledge from everyone surely does eliminate the difference of knowledge

or information between people but is that something that is not necessary the

equality we should be hoping for; equality that respect character of each other

and accepting it. Hence, censorship in the world of Faharenheit 451 is very...

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