Knowledge And Ignorance In 'Fahrenheit 451'

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Happy Ignorance Everyone loves dystopias, but living in a society where books are outlawed would be very interesting. In the novel Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury creates an apocalyptic, disturbing society culture in which the characters Montag and Mildred live, which illustrates the themes of knowledge/ignorance and happiness. The culture in Fahrenheit 451 is very monotonous in many ways, but kids in the society face many threats. This quote, “They run us so ragged by the end of the day we can’t do anything but go to bed or head for a Fun Park to bully people around, break windowpanes in the window smasher or wreck cars in the Car Wrecker… They kill each other.” (Bradbury 27). Clarisse explains the children’s role in society. Children go to school all day, and then either go to bed or head to the Fun Park to cause great trouble. Bradbury includes this in the book because those reading can see how disturbing the children have become from this new use of technology. Children in this society are feeling as if no one cares about them; therefore, children take their anger out by killing other people, or smashing a lot of things at the Fun Park. The adults have no…show more content…
Knowledge/ignorance theme is present in the society because of the no book policy. In this quote, “Books aren't people. You read and I look all around, but there isn’t anybody… My ‘family’ is people. They tell me things: I laugh, they laugh! And the colors… He might come and burn the house and the ‘family’. That’s awful. Think of our investment. Why should I read? What for?” (Bradbury 69), Mildred is definitely a big antagonist in Montag’s life. Mildred is very ignorant, and thinks books are irrelevant in their society. She also refuses to read because it will tear her apart from her “family.” Montag has a lot of time on his hands to go and become a great reader, so he goes to seek Faber for more knowledge. In this
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