Books are including knowledge and the knowledge makes people think. When people start to thinking and accept the lessons from the writers of the books, they can be change to one of the people who have same ideas as the writers. That shows how reading books makes people change and knowledgeable.


In the article, Austin Cline shows how burning books during the Second World War and it is connect to the Holocaust. Nazi burned the books of Jews, communists, socialists and other books which advocate ideas of German nation. “To be fair, it’s unlikely that a message could ever really be eliminated, but people who burn books probably won’t believe that.” This quote shows that people who burn books might be know that there is no way to actually stop people to think and their mind but they just rationalize themselves that their job can help the world so they can feel powerful to themselves. In the book ‘Fahrenheit 451’, the firemen just burning books in their world because the world don’t want people to think and learn so they made reading books as illegal. The most of people in the book thinks knowledge and thinking ruin the happiness of the world. We can see they burned books to make the world what they want. Both the article and the book show burning books as a way of showing the suppressed power of world. 

LIna Kim


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  1. I appreciate this contribution, Lina, and I am so glad that you managed to post!

    You have obviously put some effort into this, and done some thinking on this topic. I especially like how you hit on the fact that they burned the books to “make the world what they want.” It is most certainly a means of control!

    -Ms. M

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