25 September 2014
In the novel Fahrenheit 451, author Ray Bradbury tells the story of a civilian man in a new world society. The reader follows Guy, the main character, through his realization of his unhappy life. Bradbury uses this novel as a warning to all readers. He shows how America would change if we were to stop learning. The deterioration of knowledge is a prevalent theme in Fahrenheit 451 as seen in the teaching methods for the upcoming generation, the burning of books by the firemen, and in the way the people choose their future which leads to their dystopian society.
The teenagers in the novel are taught not to think about or interact with the things around them. They do not have any social interactions and are held in a school for long periods of time without seeing their families. The teenagers’ parents do not love them or care about them. Guy’s neighbor declares, “You heave them into the ‘parlor’ and turn the switch. It’s like washing clothes: stuff laundry in and slam the lid” (Bradbury 93). The teenagers do not have proper parental figures to point them in the right direction. These new generations become aggressive and violent. They do whatever they please, including murder and robbery. They are never taught to feel compassion for others. Clarisse is a young woman who Guy meets and becomes intrigued with because of the way she carries herself. She does not act like the other kids her age and she has no desire to act like them either. Clarisse’s uncle taught her how she needs to act. He also taught her how the world used to be. She is the only teenager that carries the thoughts of an elder person that knows the truth about history. She states, “an hour of TV class, an hour of basketball or baseball or running, another hour of transcription history or painting pictures, and more sports, but do you know, we never ask questions, or at least most don’t; they just run the...
Cited: Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2013. Print.
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