Fahrenheit 451

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If someone asked you, what do Albert Einstein, Martin Luther King, E.E. Cummings, Buddha, Ray Bradbury, Mark Twain, and other leading people have in common? Besides the many obvious facts, they all shared a common viewpoint. This view, was expressed in many different ways, all sharing the same meaning. What is this? As E.E. Cummings said, "The hardest battle you will ever fight is the battle to be yourself and never stop fighting it" they all thought that in our world, it is very hard to bend with the wind, yet still be yourself. How do different Authors portray this? All with their own style of writing, in the forms of essays, novels, teachings, and many others… I believe that trying to be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to change who you are is the hardest thing you will ever do. It is very rare to find in this time period, a novel so clear in it's message against peer pressure. One of these treasures -Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, is devoted to denouncing the, "Ignorance is bliss" mind set of most people in the time period it is set in. This novel provides a glance into a bleak world similar to our own, where war is common, feelings are shunned, family is non-existent, and intense though is no longer needed. And who should be the policemen of this world of ignorance? The "firemen." Not unlike the firemen in our world today, they dress alike, drive big trucks, and wail their loud sirens., however, There is one fundamental difference, these firemen start fires; they cleanse the country of evil books and of their sin. And who should play the heartless, unfeeling, cold-warm fireman but Guy Montag. His father was a fireman, and his father's father as well, so what other job could there be for a man like him? Monatg has this same problem himself, and tries to answer it before time runs out, and life goes back to it's ignorant bliss. Montag is like all the other characters in the beginning of F451: loving his job, never questioning an authority...
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