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World Literature, Fahrenheit 451 Final Essay
In Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451, life loses meaning from the impersonal and muted lifestyle that society offers. The annihilation of books provides the stable environment where ignorance can win over curiosity, leaving innocence in ones mind. When Montag meets Clarisse McClellan, his neighbor with an essence of unusual quality, she introduces a new perspective of life into Montag’s eyes for the first time. From the way she looks at the trees, to the way she walks, something inside of her possess a ravenous urge to learn and explore. Clarisse fascinates Montag almost immediately for she communicates clearly, “Isn’t this a nice time of night to walk? I like to smell things and look at things, and sometimes stay up all night, walking, and watch the sun rise” (Bradbury 7). The vibrant personality of Clarisse stands unlike anything Guy has ever seen, triggering the realization of how dead the human mind lays. For the first time, he begins to see a difference between his lifestyle and vitality itself. Proving herself different from others, Clarisse mentions, “I sometimes think drivers don’t know what grass is, or flowers, because they never see them slowly” (Bradbury 9). The furious driving above the speed limit stands to represent how life carries from one blur to the next, and how the moments in between to stop and look at detail, are few. No one has time for anyone else, showing no consideration to the aspects of life that carry great weight. Guy confirms the significance of books when his neighbor, Mrs. Blake, takes her life to represent how life without substance, isn’t life at all. Books represent the details in life which go unnoticed, provide the knowledge of personal relationships, and the intellectual reality that lay forgotten. After seeing such a lady go so quickly to something never thought more of than merely just a thing, “His hands were ravenous....
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