Fahrenheit 451

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Bradbury’s Message
“I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a have a generation of idiots.” This famous quote was written by Albert Einstein and describes what Ray Bradbury was trying to get across with his book, Fahrenheit 451. Technology censors the freedom of human thought and most people will conform to match the society, in most cases without even knowing. The people that do not conform as they detest the society should be praised but instead they are shunned.

Ray Bradbury was against the government, or a higher social power, ruling over our thoughts. It is very easy to make someone conform to you if they lack knowledge. The ones who seek for knowledge know what is right and act off of their beliefs instead of blinding conforming to the society. All those who cannot stand for themselves because of their ignorance are just products of their society. Those who can and do stand up for themselves end up taking their own life because of the incompetence of others in their society. The few that see the truth try to show others the big picture. Montag, started to search for the truth when the old woman killed herself with her books. “There must be something in books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house: there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing” (Bradbury 51). This was a strong way for Bradbury to explain the less you know the less you feel.

Censoring, the less you know the better off you will be, is the key of this entire book. However, Montag gains the smallest bit of information, he craves to learn more. The only way to learn information is to ask questions and questions are a scary thing in a society like in Fahrenheit 451. Even if questions were asked or if statements were made of any information no one would listen. “Nobody listens anymore… I just want someone to hear what I have to say. And maybe if I talk long enough, I’ll make sense” (Bradbury 82). It does not...
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