Personal Freedom vs Intellectual Holocaust In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Montag’s desire for personal freedom constantly conflicts with the ongoing intellectual holocaust. During this era, society discourages the opportunity to think independently because they live under the impression that “not everyone [is] born free and equal, as the constitution says, but made equal” (Bradbury 146) Many technological advancements evolve to occupy everyone and society enforces many rules to ensure that everyone lives equally. However, Montag meets Clarisse, who exposes him to her extroverted lifestyle and encouraged him to question his lifestyle. He soon realizes that he is not happy and the desire for a new life advances him to seek both personal and intellectual freedom. As a result of the desire for uniformity, society removes the majority of the freedom that characters can have.
The Anthem society in forcing of strict laws made it easy for everyone to lose their individuality. The in forcing of strict laws made it easy for people to lose their individuality because it starts to take away the uniqueness from an individual. Equality 7-2521 looking at Liberty 5-3000 stated “For men are forbidden to take notice of women are forbidden to take notice of men”(Rand, pg. 38). This is an example of strict laws because it shows how controlling the government is over the society.
In "Fahrenheit 451," The government creates false narratives by trying to limit one's information and knowledge. Beatty gives a speech to Montag describing how "if you don't want to man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him" (Bradbury 64). This shows how they are brainwashing us and trying to make us feel smart with unimportant information. The government considers "it a great danger" (Bradbury 134) for people to know what is really going on in the world. In "A Summers's Reading" it shows how even though they know how important education is, they are still being lazy and not taking it seriously.
One his theories, stated in his book called Leviathan said that people are not able rule themselves because of how selfish mankind is and they need to be ruled by an iron fist. His political theory was that was also stated in Leviathan was that we should respect government authority under all circumstances to avoid violence. Hobbes was scared of the outcome of the social contract which meant people could get rid of the government if they were unhappy with what they were getting. In order to make well with the social contract he states in Leviathan that people should be completely obedient to the government. His reasoning was that if there was no government, there would be chaos.
This starts simply with their suppression of instincts. First, they control they hate instinct through what they call Two Minutes Hate. The government endorses hate toward war enemies, so the population doesn’t turn their hatred into rebellion. Sex instinct is also suppressed, for the sake of controlling the primal instincts of people. Instincts and thoughts are only allowed if they work to the Party’s advantage.
Lois Lowry once said, “Submitting to censorship is to enter the… world where choice has been taken away and reality distorted. And that is the most dangerous world of all.” This quote perfectly explains the major theme of Fahrenheit 451, which is censorship. Due to the use of censorship by the government, people in this society are unable to form their own opinions, make their own choices, and are forced to live with distorted realities of the world they actually live in. One example of censorship in the book is what can be seen on the parlour walls. This is explained through the quote, “... Tv parlour?...
In this argument, Beatty argues that books are useless and that learning is dangerous, since it makes people go crazy and think they are smarter than they really are. He uses the allusion, “The Devil can cite scripture for his purpose”, to show that anyone could quote a book to back up their side. This entire argument Beatty is trying to warp Montag’s view on books, by quoting them and talking about how they corrupt minds. In a way Beatty is the Devil citing scripture, because he is telling Montag about how bad these books are by using quotes from books. He is changing the context of the words, to fit his meaning in order to warp someone else’s views.
The citizens are so blinded by the ignorance that they refuse to see acting like a human being normal. Another way ignorance is shown through dystopian societies is with propaganda. People are expected to believe the government wants, no questions asked. An example of how the government uses propaganda is when Montag is wanted by the police. They use media and television to show that they have killed Montag even though he is not dead: “They’re faking.
When Equality takes his discovery to the World Council of Scholars, they are angered by his discovery of light and tell him that they have “much to say to a wretch who have broken all the laws… How dared you think that your mind held greater wisdom than the minds of your brothers.” (Rand, p.71). Similarly, in communism and collectivism, people are expected do things for the group rather than themselves. Just as Equality’s invention of light was rejected, Rand’s novel The Fountainhead was also rejected by many publishing
The rules in Anthem include the word I being destroyed and erased from history being replace by us and we. Anyone who says I will be killed. The government was made with good intentions but eventually it was corrupted. The government originally wanted everyone to be completely equal means that they took the will of the people. Other rules include men not being allowed to be alone, two people not being allowed to be alone, Men and women not being able to speak with each other on a personal level, You can’t have any friends The word ego is the most important word, Writing stuff is not allowed unless the consul allows it and everything that is not listed is forbidden.