Teachings of Ecclesiastes
In this society, Montag has an important role of memorizing passages from the Ecclesiastes that will be used for later. “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies…” (158). When Granger said this to Montag he was referring to when Montag has memorized part of the book, the knowledge will be left behind for the newer generation. Part of the passage he has to memorize has to do with emerging from the darkness and becoming a new man in which this quote can relate. “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God.” This can relate to Montag because he basically left the city and became a new man with his books. Montag can also symbolize a teacher because he can spread the message about the books and everything he knows to the people after the destruction of the city. As represented in this quote, Montag knows there’s always faith and hope after annihilation. Within the novel people are becoming brainless and dim- witted without realizing there is so much information in these books they are burning, and might actually help them. The important themes of wisdom in Ecclesiastes make the book a fitting choice for Montag to learn because it can relate to his life and the whole book. The portion of the Ecclesiastes that Montag has memorized will save the next society once and for all. One of the main themes of Fahrenheit 451 is censorship, where books are banned, which is why Bradbury chose to memorize Ecclesiastes so he can keep it in his brain forever, no matter what. Memorizing a book can be a solution to censorship, “All of us have photographic memories, but spend a lifetime learning how to block off the things that are really in there,” (153). The men are overreacting about the book censorship, because in reality the books were not used much in the first place. Since there are no real books, Granger tells Montag about Harris in Youngstown, who is the book of...
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