Theme Of Allegory In Fahrenheit 451

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Ray Bradbury alludes to the Allegory of the Cave in Fahrenheit 451 to demonstrate communism and the way the society is controlled. Fahrenheit 451’s controlling, communistic society has an overwhelming amount of information that is not given to the public. The society is a ‘what you see is what you get’ type and discourages any amount of creative thinking and does their best to do so. Likewise, The allegory of the Cave presents the same general concept but in a straightforward way.
The Allegory of the Cave is a story written about Plato out a 3 people locked in a cave since birth. In this cave they are chained up and only see shadows that are projected on the walls. One day a prisoner breaks free and and goes outside, he is instantly blinded by the Sun. As his eyes start to get used to the Sun he quickly realises that the shadows are not real objects, rather the objects casting them. The ex-prisoner returns to the cave to try to break the others free but is thrown back because they thought he was insane.
Fahrenheit 451 is a book about a futuristic dystopian society that is heavily censored by the government. In this society, our protagonist,
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Montag is clearly the prisoner that broke free, later finding out that the ‘shadows’ the government is showing them are indeed cover ups. The shadows represent the heavily censored society because you’re only seeing the shape of things, and not the tiny details. These tiny details are mirrored by how things are censored by the government. If you attempt to picture a three dimensional object after only seeing two dimensional objects then a new plethora of information is unlocked. Once the truth is unveiled the ex prisoner tries to tell others but is stopped by the them, Beatty. After rejection, our leads set out and attempt to tell the truth but people would rather fight for their own beliefs rather than try and consider or accept new
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