Essay Analysis Of ' Fahrenheit 451 '

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¬¬Knowledge is Power and Ignorance is Bliss (Fahrenheit 451, 1984)

What does true happiness consists of? Is ignorance bliss, or does knowledge and learning provide true happiness? In Fahrenheit 451 main character Guy Montag, believes knowledge reigns and fights a futuristic city that celebrates and honours ignorance. Montag is a fireman, it is his duty to burn books, and promote ignorance and equality in society, and it in turn keeps everyone happy. Montag fights against ignorance, and is unable to accept the status quo, believing life is more complete than it already is. As he tries to welcome knowledge into his life, he deteriorates as a character and becomes unhappy. In 1984 main character Winston is a subtle rebel, who has big ambitions to reform the government. He wants to obtain knowledge. Believing life is true and satisfying when knowledge is acquired. After acknowledging the truth, that the government is controlling everything he is unhappy and powerful, as a result he is the government apprehends him. Upon eviction he is brainwashed to be ignorant and is, therefore, happy. Knowledge is power and ignorance is bliss: Those who do not challenge what they know are the happiest, and most ignorant. Those who are ignorant are most happy because being ignorant is an appealing, easy state of thinking, because those who uncover the truth completely lose control of their lives, therefore they conform, and because being ignorant shield them from their problems. Ignorance is…

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