Ignorance In Fahrenheit 451, By Ray Bradbury

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In the American society, knowledge is needed to succeed and strive in the world. People are trying as hard as possible to get a strong education. In Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, the setting is a futuristic city where firemen instead of putting out fires, start fires and try to burn all the books left. The citizens in this society fear the firemen, causing them to hide ay books they own, hoping they will not be sniffed out by the Mechanical Hound, an invention that roams at night and tries to sense any books, then reports back to the firehouse. The city has also created technology that makes the citizens oblivious to the outside world. Fahrenheit 451 demonstrates how technology can affect a person's ignorance, while those who avoid the innovations…show more content…
When Montag flees the city after his wild manhunt when he burned captain Beatty and was found to be storing books, he ends up finding a group of hobos that live on the abandoned railroad tracks. After Montag is introduced to the group, Granger tells Montag the story of the phoenix and explains to him, “And it looks like we’re doing the same thing over and over, but we’ve got one damn thing the phoenix never had. We know the damn silly thing we just did.”(156). In this quote, Granger is using the myth to describe the city Montag just fled from. Granger believes that the city is just like the phoenix, in that the mistake they are making is burning and destroying the books. Granger feels this way because he understands the world, why the books are important, the knowledge that they have, and the effects of not having the books on the citizens. He knows the technology of the city is making the citizens unintelligent and feels as if they could reverse the mistakes if the citizens had the knowledge to. The way Granger thinks is because of his little use of technology. Fahrenheit 451 explains technology’s effect on knowledge and understanding of outside the usual. Throughout Fahrenheit 451 the reader can identify how the technology affects the majority of the main characters. The book has many events that give obvious examples of the knowledge of the citizens and their relationships with the innovations they own. Everyone can benefit from not using technology for a day and see how they feel
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