Theme Of Ignorance In Fahrenheit 451

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Wayne Dyer once said, “The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don 't know anything about.” In the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, ignorance is a common theme portrayed throughout the novel. It sets the impression of how all of the characters feel due to a society that has outlawed books. Guy Montag is a firefighter, whose job is to burn the books. Yet, he often steals them without the chief firefighter, or anyone else knowing. This is until the day he meets Clarisse, who looks at the world in a different way than anyone else. Then, shortly after, he has to burn down a house full of books and burn the woman inside also because she refuses to leave. This causes Montag to realize that books should not be burned and have great significance in the world. He then shows his wife the abundance of books that he has collected from his job, and his wife, Mildred, becomes concerned. This later causes her to make up lies to cover the fact that Montag is breaking the law of owning books. The ignorance shown in the novel is greatly illustrated on page ninety-five, due to the encounter of the …show more content…

Page number ninety-five is crucial to the theme, ignorance, that is found in the novel. This is shown through the tone, syntax, and diction that Bradbury uses on this page. Ignorance has been around since the beginning of time, but is still found today, in schools, when children disrespect their teachers, and do not have the urge to learn. Although some may say that this is not true of all of the children, it consistently affects the education these children are receiving. This is similar to Fahrenheit 451 because people are disrespecting literature, and not appreciating it’s value. This is shown when the characters in this novel speak out against a concept they know nothing about. Therefore, the literary terms an author uses can make an immense impact to the connections the reader makes to a novel, and help to shape a theme that is found throughout

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