Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury Essay

1372 Words Aug 14th, 2015 6 Pages
Any and all progress in a society has its roots in individual people breaking away and demanding change. Without these differing views that promote discussion and innovation, we will be left blinded by by the rules already set before us by others, not daring to think outside the lines. The novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury contains just such a society, where all contradictory ideas and the books that held them have been gradually destroyed and banned, till none remain accessible to the common person. Free thought is no longer taught in schools, and human beings have been reduced to identical unthinking beings unaware of their own decline. The only way to regain true freedom and self-identity is to attain the courage to refuse to mindlessly obey societal rules. Guy Montag, fireman, relinquishes his occupation of book-burning and chooses this path, standing against the rules and discovering the meaning of what human life should really entail.

The larger part of society in Bradbury’s world have no personality or free thought and simply follow the “instructions” set out for them on how to live a life, making their own dull, gray, and meaningless. The people do not think; there is no value given to knowledge or intelligence, and books are seen as worthless. However, they themselves do not realize this, and are sure their educational system is as sound as it has ever been. Clarisse, Montag’s teenage neighbor, notices this, and says her learning is like “a lot of funnels and a…

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