Importance Of Memory In Fahrenheit 451

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Imagine growing up during a time when money was short and food had seemed like it disappeared. The Depression caused a tough, yet learning experience for everyone during the 1920’s. History and memory gives those in our society a chance to understand what they went through. Memory allows us to remember this hard time and reflect off of it. History of this event makes most rejoice they did not grow up during this time, having to fight for their life every single day. Though we have proof of these times many still wonder why history and memory is important to society. Society needs history and memory to help remember the past. In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the books are burned and they live life with no memory of how it used to be. For example, the books were full of knowledge that no one would ever know of. In Wiesel’s Nobel Lecture, he states “Without memory, our existence would be barren and opaque, like a prison cell into which no light penetrates; like a tomb which rejects…show more content…
Living without memory has no point, no reason toward it. Elie Wiesel tries to prove a point during his nobel lecture, “Hope, Despair, and Memory.” He wants to make sure society does not forget what makes up their history. Remembering what was inside the books of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is important too. Without knowledge of books, society does not learn. Learning is critical to society’s memory. Society will not have a bit of memory from the past if they can not know of what has happened. Important memory comes from the “Gettysburg Address.” Lincoln states, “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here; while it can never forget what they did here.” What Lincoln tries to get in society’s mind is that history makes up who they are and no one can change that. Making sure society has history/memory in their lives is going to assure that they have a purpose for
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