Ignorance Is The Embodiment Of Beauty And Destruction All At The Same Time

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Ignorance Is Strength

Fire is the embodiment of beauty and destruction all at the same time, this is represented in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. In this dystopia, ignorance runs rampant and shows itself in every character excluding Clarisse and Beatty in the novel. The character Mildred is the embodiment of ignorance. Guy Montag’s ignorance is a bit different compared to everyone else. Captain Beatty, unlike many of the other minor characters has a reason for his ignorance, if he has any at all. Bradbury weaves a strong web of ignorance, and like a web, it’s silk is it’s strength.
Mildred stays the physical embodiment of ignorance towards anything outside of her room of televisions. She shows no empathy towards any ‘real’ person, including her husband and Clarisse. Unlike Montag, there is no enlightening moment that lights up a path away from the web of ignorance. What makes Mildred so powerful is her lack of empathy, which was replaced with ignorance towards the outside world. She sees nothing wrong with reporting her husband to the authorities and hiding in her blanket of ignorance. “We walk, we talk, we text, we drive, we set three alarms on our phone, then get up and do it again the next day. Our internal clocks are now set not by the sun, but by the digital ones and zeros of coded messages, guiding our day, keeping us on track, and busy.” represents Mildred continuing her apathetic routine because she sees nothing wrong with it. (Coleman Article, Long Quote) Mildred…

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