Montag becomes upset with her because she clearly does not know what happiness is. Another character related to the theme of happiness is Captain Beatty. He was not a happy man, which is why he let Montag kill him. Censorship is the main way the government controls the people. Things are censored so people cannot interpret them in their own way.
They need the glasses to have a fire source for heat and a signal for help. In Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes, the quote, “Life in nature is nasty, brutish, and short” is an exact short summary of almost the whole book. Since the boys lost their innocence, they were starting to become Leviathan and started to kill things and not care or understand the government and why we needed it. The Leviathan government doesn’t have the fire because they went their own way and want their own power and no norms except to just have fun and not care, but now realize that they need it, so they take the power from the norm/try to get help/sustainable government. This is exactly the loss of innocence in the reversed Prometheus.
Considering the society in Fahrenheit 451 is centered about conformation, Beatty is violently averse to the thought of having conflicting vantage points. Beatty even explains to Montag, a fireman with growing inquiry, about “what traitors books can be” in attempts to deter him from reading. By traitors, Beatty means to express his coming away lost due to authors “all of them running about, putting out the stars and extinguishing the sun.” He argues that rather than challenging people with discovering truth themselves, it is in their best interest to not “give them any slippery stuff like philosophy or sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy.” Rather, “Any man who can take a TV wall apart and put it back together again, and most men can nowadays, is happier than any man who tries to slide rule,
The concept of anti-intellectualism is to eliminate opportunities to acquire knowledge. In the society created by Ray Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451, the capacity for higher level thinking is destroyed. Schools are shallow because they do not focus on higher level thinking in academics. Instead, there is a focus on recreation such as sports and television. This society burns books because their content is troublesome.
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). This quote shows just how “normal” people think in this society.
Through the novel, the movie, and the television segment, the reader/watcher is able to deduce a strong overall theme of conformity. Specifically, ignorance becomes an effect of the conformity, and conformists learn to blindly accept information without questioning the truth behind the statement. In F451, the state issues a ban of books, and therefore knowledge, not approved by the government. The citizens obey, though they have no evidence to support the government’s decision. They burn artifacts of literature and history simply because they are told to do so.
George’s brain handicap symbolizes a legitimate restriction that the government has placed on his body. By placing a handicap on his brain the government is attempting to make George more like everyone else. George is not able to have unique or creative thoughts without be halted by society. Even if George was to question the Government or why he had handicaps, his brain would be shocked and he would forget about the thought.
Dilemma of censorship: Possessing, reading, and distributing books is illegal in the book Fahrenheit 451. Society is only concerned with instant gratification from entertainment and prefers life in the fast-forward. Firefighters are now responsible to destroy books hidden in houses by burning down these houses. Interests other than technology and entertainment are not encouraged and these individuals are often targeted as threats. There is no clear reason of censorship in this future, but fast cars, loud music, and advertisements are all causes of an over-stimulated society, where literature, philosophy, and individual thought are forgotten.
Roz:Nothing… We can bombard him with rainbow color coded paperwork and ridicule him for failing to complete it. Emperor: You’re so stupid. My doctor has actually told me to kill you, not that exact wording- he just told me to reduce the stress in my life. We won’t do any of those terrible plans. Roz: Do you have a problem with the colors of my paperwork?
Revolution tried to debunk the ox trick, but Mubarak and his entourage were clever enough to outmaneuver them and aborted any attempt of political reform. Because they lacked sufficient experience and a clear vision, it was foretold that they would be imprisoned and received punishment as terrible as that of Prometheus, while “Mubarak 's generals and policemen who have the last laugh” (Alexander). Aeschylus’s Prometheus Bound Whether the trilogy of Prometheus Pound, Prometheus Unbound and Prometheus the Fire Bringer were written by Aeschylus or not (Ruffell 14-5), Prometheus Bound reflects both a rebellious spirit and a belief in human progress. Though Prometheus was against the tyrant, they were eventually reconciled. In Aeschylus’ trilogy, Prometheus Bound, Prometheus is portrayed as the benefactor of mankind since he had greatly contributed to the creation of their culture.
Lois Lowry once said, “Submitting to censorship is to enter the… world where choice has been taken away and reality distorted. And that is the most dangerous world of all.” This quote perfectly explains the major theme of Fahrenheit 451, which is censorship. Due to the use of censorship by the government, people in this society are unable to form their own opinions, make their own choices, and are forced to live with distorted realities of the world they actually live in. One example of censorship in the book is what can be seen on the parlour walls. This is explained through the quote, “... Tv parlour?...
The events of the book take place in a dystopic world, one that is blissfully, and woefully, ignorant. However, this is how the government wants it to be. Ignorant people do not think for themselves and will believe anything they are told. This comes back with a bite in the end of the book when the technologically advanced city is destroyed in a mushroom cloud of atomic radiation. In fact, Mildred at the time was "leaning anxiously nervously, as if to plunge, drop, fall into that swarming immensity of color to drown in its bright happiness" (Bradbury 152).