It took me a while to find this article that I read last year during English class about homicides but I think it is very relevant. The article talks about witness protection, prison, federal informant and murder. In a nut shell, witnesses have three options, to snitch on someone(maybe their friend or family), keep the information to themselves, or they can inform the FBI about what they saw and it can be “discrete”. According to the article, “witnesses in criminal cases get intimidated, and murdered, with alarming frequency” because the government (society) pressures them into ratting out someone. In other scenarios, witnesses fear being killed by gangs because of common practices to kill a snitch (philosophical control) so they don’t snitch and choose to take jail time. This relates to Fahrenheit 451 because Mildred killed herself in a car after she found her husbands books and didn’t want to go to jail with him.
Ray Bradbury emphasizes how people control other by snitching when they don’t like what someone else is doing. Throughout the book, people tell on each other for reading books. They fear that those who read books have an advantage over those who don’t read. Mildred sets Montag up to burn his “black type and yellow binded books” one night after Mildred saw “Montag hide some books in a garden” (109). One friend ratted on another because she didn’t like what he was doing (reading). Beatty felt pressure by societal/philosophical practices to make Montag burn all of his books after Mildred died in a car accident. This can be connected to modern day scenarios where one friend snitches out another so they won’t get involved or have to deal with any penalties.