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Ever since the holocaust, schools around the United States and Europe students are taught a whole unit of genocide. This unit is implanted to teach the children what has happened in the past to prevent history from repeating itself. The motto they teach by is, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat It." -George Santayana. Now that children are aware of genocide will they act on what they learn? Or does history repeat naturally no matter if you learn it or not? In Ray Bradbury’s, Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag is forced to help rebuild a new society after one that crumbled. This society wanted to make everyone equally happy, however, in doing so they had unintended consequences that eventually led to the society self-destructing.

This society collapsed because they burned through all components of time, the past, the present, and the future. This society started burning the past when they decided to eliminate controversy. In doing so the schools had to stop teaching liberal arts (55), and the society had to burn books (58). They did this upon themselves without a source of government, in the belief that without controversy everyone must be happy. However without learning about the past in schools and burning all evidence of the past, the past itself is burned down. Burning through the past led to the burning of the present. The present started to speed up because technology became much faster and more apparent (54). Also, transportation became faster and also became an entertainment. To get places the citizens used an air train that just whips through the city (4), or they used cars that had faster engines. With these cars people drove them fast to blow off steam like Mildred says when talking to Montag about blowing off steam, "The keys to the beetle are on the night table. I always like to drive fast when I feel that way. You get it up around ninety-five and you feel wonderful” (68). Making technology and transportation a fast...
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