Critical Lens on Fahrenheit 451 and Inherit the Wind

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“ The only means of strengthening one’s intellect is to make-up one’s mind about nothing- to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts” – John Keats.

John Keats says,“ The only means of strengthening one’s intellect is to make-up one’s mind about nothing- to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts.” This quote is saying, the only way to become smarter is to listen to all opinions, and to be open to all ideas (although many readers have different opinions as to what this is saying). Readers think this quote is true in books Fahrenheit 451, and Inherit the Wind, because in both of these books there are people who are not willing to listen to anyone’s opinion in exception to their own. Both Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert lee, and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury support the idea that in order to benefit ourselves, one must take the time to listen to what everyone has to say before jumping to a conclusion that he/she is correct.

The novel Fahrenheit 451 demonstrates how people can influence one another into believing the same “theory.” This is shown all throughout this book because the main character Guy Montag who is a firefighter burns books as a part of his job, but what most don’t know is that he has his own collection hidden in his vents. Additionally, theme is represented well throughout this story. Theme is the main idea or underlying meaning of a literary work. This whole books revolves around the idea that books are evil. The government has imprinted this idea on the people, and this causes everyone to think that books are horrible and should be burned. Now this connects to the quote that John Keats says, because his quote is telling people that you shouldn’t be narrow-minded. Throughout this whole book you see how the people were influenced by the government into thinking that books were horrible, and those who believed differently were condemned.

The novel Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Lee also...
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