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I. A fireman named Guy Montag, lives in a society taught to burn books. Not only to burn books but burn the leisurely pleasure, and the desire for knowledge. In this society there is no such thing as individualism. This is an example of ignorance versus knowledge, like many themes and symbols shown in a book called, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Ignorance versus knowledge, The “Hearth and salamander”, and mirrors and the number 451, are a few great examples of theme and symbolism in this book.

II.First off, In Fahrenheit 451, Ignorance is bliss, and has a lot of irony withheld in it, as for knowledge is power and key. People have been brainwashed to think a leisure, individual life is evil. This is the struggle and theme presented throughout this book.

A. As far as ignorance and irony goes, Firemen are the biggest throughout the entire book. We think of firemen As people who have come to put out a fire, not start them. They instead burned away their problems. “The sun burnt every day. It burnt Time . . . Time was busy burning the years and the people anyway, without any help from him. So if he burnt things with the firemen and the sunburnt time, that meant that everything burnt!”, as Montag states in the last chapter, “Burning bright” the ignorance of society today and how wasted it is without individuality.

B.Ignorance and irony can also be shown, as the chief of the firemen, Beatty puts it in the chapter “The hearth and the salamander, that everyone must be equal. “We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the constitution says, but everyone made equal . . . A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon. Breach man’s mind.” This shows the level of ignorance as society creates almost a communist type of world.

C. For knowledge I’d say Montag toward the end of the book eventually wants to make an impact, to remold the zombies society has made, but it’s hard being one person in such a society...
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