Knowledge and Ignorance in Fahrenheit 451 Imagine a society where all books are banned from the public and if any are found they are burned into ashes. This is a reality in the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, which delves deep into problems a society becoming more and more dependant on technology may face. In Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury shows many problems which range from technology to violence, one important topic that is discussed is knowledge and the theme that a society cannot function without knowledge You can clearly see this idea starting to form within the first few pages of the novel, when the protagonist Guy Montag has an interaction with a girl named Clarisse. As they are talking Guy Montag says “You think too many things”(pg 9).
In the novel Fahrenheit 451 conformity and individuality is something to talk about. Conformity and individuality are very important themes in Fahrenheit 451 and in modern life. The novel demonstrates how individuality is very rare. Is about modern America. Without individuality today, everyone would not be different and would follow someone else trends and everything about them.
Characterization in Fahrenheit 451 Being human or normal should not be weird or unacceptable. In Bradbury’s dystopian novel, everyone is supposed to be the same because they think that will make everyone happy. Of course, you will have your rule breakers that are not like everyone else or the one that wishes they could be that person. In the sci-fi novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, he uses imagery to show characterization of each of the characters.
Compare and contrast Clarisse McClellan and Mildred Montag. Clarisse Observant "Bet I know something else you don't. There's dew on the grass in the morning."
After the true face of the system is revealed, the dystopian protagonist begins his journey of self-discovery. Montag realizes that “a man was behind each one of the books. A man had to think them up… It took some man a lifetime maybe to put some of his thoughts down” (Bradbury 25), that by burning books, the government can change the history and alter the truth. Consequently, Montag cannot go on with his life after what he discovered. He goes to Faber, a retired English professor, who conspires with Montag to take down Beatty and the fire station with all its men.
For someone to make a good decision they need to look at the choices from multiple objective positions. Therefore, if we are blinded by the government to relevant perspectives, we are in turn blinded to important options, which leads us to make bad decisions. This is portrayed very well in Fahrenheit 451 by George Orwell as one of the main plot points of the book is the destruction of books and other thought provoking medias. Through the systematic destruction of these medias many important perspectives have been removed from the American population turning a lot of them into thoughtless beings. With these perspectives removed the general populace of American have been making poor decisions, leading them to miserable almost meaningless lives.
In montag 's enviroment people are just looking for distraction and pleasure, and this is given by the television. As long as people stick to movies, sports or anything that didnt requiered knowledge, didnt require them to think, they were ok. All of this is conformity, they are looking for something that destracts them from the real world, the need to think. In his novel people just the opposite began to appear, people that liked to think, proccess things, like observe nature, and ask questions, like Clarisse and Faber. In this novel Clarisse represents individuality and thought, but at the other side their are people like Captain Beatty that are trying to stop it, and he makes this by burning books.
Throughout our society, examples of conformity can be seen across all age ranges; however, the most common and noticeable age group subject to these temptations are teenagers. Teens feel the constant need to conform to their peers and fit into society's preconceived notion on what type of person we should be, how we should behave and look. Fiction, such as in the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, conveys many reasons why conformity can be destructive to not only to an individual but an entire society. Novels that portray these themes should be read in schools, not only because they discourage conformity, but also show its long lasting sinister effects. Without literature, the growth of our creativity would be stunted.
To comfort her friend into obediently listening to Montag’s book of poetry, Mrs. Phelps remarks that “‘if we listen nice, Mr. Montag will be happy and then maybe we can go on and do something else’” (95). Even though Mrs. Phelps isn’t agreeing to follow the majority in this circumstance, she still is promoting submission through conformity to a person in a position of power. She attempts to make listening to literature, a highly illegal crime in their society, seem like no big deal by using positive language like “nice” and “happy.” Those words put a positive spin on submission of self, all in hopes that “Mr. Montag will be happy.”
(MIP-1) This meme showcases a central theme from the novel “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury; the fact that books are feared and most of the people and the government perceive books as horrible, evil things. (SIP-1) Through this meme, readers can notice one of the reasons that books are feared, because they allow people to actually have feelings. (STEWE-1)