Fahrenheit 451 Knowledge Vs Knowledge Essay

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Fahrenheit 451
Almost everyone in their life has had the bliss of ignorance, but is that better than having the clarity of knowledge? Fahrenheit 351 is about a man who lives in a world of controlled ignorance. The society has outlawed books and has belittled people who wonder. The main character Montag, finds himself being drawn to books and what they offer. He ultimately has to choose between knowledge or his simple life. In the novel Fahrenheit 451, author Ray Bradbury exhibits the idea that ignorance can make life better and that knowledge can make life clearer; this becomes clear to readers when Montag between searching for knowledge in books or staying with his ignorant life.

In part 1, Bradbury illustrates the idea that ignorance can make life better by showing how happy Montag and his wife are before he discovers the inside of books. Bradbury states, “Later, going to sleep, he would feel the fiery smile still gripped by his face muscles, in the dark. It never went away, that smile, it never went away, as long as he remembered.” (Pg
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The author writes, “One two three four five six seven days: the firehouse.” (Pg 31) This evidence points to the idea that Montag’s life is uneventful because he is counting the days and is bored of being ordinary. He does the same things everyday and counts them because they are all they same. The author also said, “I’m so damned unhappy, I’m so mad, and I don’t know why. I feel like I’m putting on weight. I feel fat. I feel like I’ve been saving up a lot of things and don’t know what. I might even start reading books.” (Pg 64) Audiences learn that Montag doesn’t have the knowledge to have choices or excitement so he is depressed. Because Montag is living a simple life controlled by the government, he doesn’t have any uniqueness. To conclude, without choices created by gaining knowledge, life is boring and

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