Examples Of Individualism In Fahrenheit 451
Imagine a society where books are forbidden. If an individual were caught reading a book, they would instantly be imprisoned. American author Ray Bradbury develops the simple idea of banning books to the concept of knowledge and ignorance in his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953). Bradbury describes an interesting symbolic approach on how conformity can dominate the human population. His diverse views on the world presented in his novel gave me the inspiration to create a report to reflect upon his arguments. Bradbury’s motifs and symbols in Fahrenheit 451 displays various concepts that will thoroughly be remembered today in the classic works of literature.
Primarily, Bradbury emphasizes the repression of individualism in a conformist world in Fahrenheit 451. He displays conformity as the wicked suppression of an individual’s freedom to express oneself through the implementation of strict laws such as not reading books. In conjunction, Jessica Carnevale states in her lesson that “if a person is breaking the social contract (by reading books, asking questions, or doing other activities that do not involve technology) that person could be arrested or far worse, in …show more content…
Bradbury explains censorship through the words of Captain Beatty: “We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal. Each man the image of every other; then all are happy” (58). Beatty’s words capture the idea that with censorship, individuals will supposedly be content since everyone is equal in intelligence. In other words, the dystopia banishes the existence of free-thinkers due to the fact that the population wouldn’t be considered equal. Despite other symbols found within this novel, Bradbury tends to put emphasis on censorship since it overall establishes the concept of how books represent