Examples Of Intellect In Fahrenheit 451

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Define intellect: The faculty of reasoning and understanding objectively. In this reality, society has deemed it as a thing to be rewarded for. Going so far as to cultivate thinkers, rather than doers. In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury however, the main character, Guy Montag, a working “fireman,” sits in a nation dying from anti-intellectualism. As his job entails, Montag works with fire, but rather than putting it out, he’s the one creating it. Symbolizing the epitome of his nation. Depicting a culture bread through anti-intellectualism, Bradbury portrays how an overwhelming ignorance can set limitations on knowledge through collaborative censorship and lack of individuals. Censorship is the act of officially examining books, and then removing …show more content…

Overlapping between looks and personality happens, but no one person is the same as the other. At this point in the book, Guy has shared some time with Clarisse and has started to notice the world around him. It’s boredom and lackness of people. Extremely so to the point where, upon looking around, he realizes that he had never “seen a fireman that didn’t have black hair, black brows, a fiery face, and a blue-steel shaved but unshaved look” (33). Far from similar and closer to congruent, the differences between him and his co-workers were almost non-existent, save the difference in heritage. Even when he tries to describe Mildred near the end of the story, he can’t remember her face. Ignorance to difference and people lay down an establishment where other are the same as other, and people are simply a mass. Dulling the senses from awareness and wasting the mind’s memory, so even if the proper information were present they couldn’t absorb the words. Finally after escaping the city, Granger describes to him the man killed in his place. Similar to Clarisse, the anonymous man was “an odd one...the police have had him charted for months, years” (148). While it’s impossible to fully contain oddities, instead of the encouragement seen in this society, it’s controlled and organized for security sakes. And in doing so, stops the insight it might have on their “happiness.” Remaining oblivious to the majority and having

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