"While the books went up in sparkling whirls and blew away on a wind turned dark with burning. Montag grinned the fierce grin of all men singed and driven back by the flame." (pg. 3-4)
The Truth is Kept From the Citizens
Cram them full of non-combustible data, chock them so damned 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. (p. 61)
Individuality is a Bad Thing
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One of the ways that the government exercises their absolute control in this society is by the banning of books. The government believes that the people will begin to think for themselves and rebel with access to the books, so they have hired the firemen to enforce their rules and to force the citizens to comply.
Society Dehumanizes Citizens
In this society, one of the ways that the truth was kept from the citizens was to ban the books, but they to make the citizens feel like they have access to information. The government supplies the people with non-controversial information, so the people think they are informed, but will not start a rebellion because of the information they have gained.
Illusion of a Perfect Society
In this society, individuality is perceived as a bad thing, and it is punished extremely severely, as in the example of Clarisse, who was killed for being different. The society's expectation of conformity extend into every part of life, from minding your own business to perfectly following the laws. Also, the government does not have to expend much energy enforcing this as the people have naturally become more conforming.