Fahrenheit 451 Allusions

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Fahrenheit 451 is a classic dystopian novel written by Ray Bradbury, which explores the dangerous consequences of a society that values entertainment and conformity over knowledge and individuality. In this novel, the protagonist, Guy Montag, undergoes a transformative journey of self-discovery, where he realizes the oppressive nature of his society and the importance of free thought and critical thinking. To illustrate Montag's progression towards enlightenment, Bradbury uses various allusions to philosophical and literary works, including Plato's Allegory of the Cave, Matthew Arnold's Dover Beach, and the Book of Ecclesiastes. These three works serve as important representations of Montag's journey, highlighting the importance of knowledge, …show more content…

Through a close analysis of Plato's Allegory of the Cave, Matthew Arnold's Dover Beach, and the Book of Ecclesiastes, we can gain a deeper understanding of Montag’s journey to enlightenment. Plato's Allegory of the Cave is a metaphor for the journey of enlightenment. Montag, in the beginning, is like the prisoners in the cave, seeing only shadows and unaware of the true reality. When the prisoners leave the cave they will need to get used to their new world but, when they do they realize what their former life was, similar to Montag’s own realization. “when any of them is liberated and compelled suddenly to stand up and turn his neck round and walk and look towards the light, he will suffer sharp pains; the glare will distress him, and he will be unable to see the realities of which in his former state he had seen the shadows; and then conceive someone saying to him, that what he saw before was an illusion” (Plato). The prisoners, after being released, now comprehend that their life was an illusion. Similarly, Montag also realizes he was living under an illusion his …show more content…

Arnold talks about how people once had faith in God but are now questioning him. People are doubting God, religion, and things that they have believed in for years. Montag's society has lost faith as well, but not in religion, they lost faith in books. Society has become consumed with entertainment and instant pleasure, leaving little room for contemplation or reflection. Montag, however, begins to question this way of life and sees the value of books as a source of wisdom and knowledge. “And one day he would look back upon the fool and know the fool. Even now he could feel the start of the long journey, the leave taking, the going away from the self he had been.” (Bradbury, 99). After reading a poem to Millie’s friends Montag thinks to himself how he once was the same as them. He was a fool who didn’t think for himself. Despite being just the beginning of his journey, reading the poem made him realize that he was a fool for not questioning what was happening in society. Montag’s new understanding of what he had been and is becoming leads to a new faith in books and literature for

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