The Role Of Education In Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

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“We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out” (Ray Bradbury). By beautiful stuff I mean the thoughts that swirl in your head or questions that leads you to your lightbulb moment. You are undoubtedly thinking about what I am saying to you right this moment, but just envision living in a world that eradicated any thinking and muted your expressions from ever being perceived. Ray Bradbury predicted a society resembling this in his book Fahrenheit 451 published 1953, an isolated society where books are made illegal by a government fearing an independent-thinking public. It tells us of a community that is engulfed and controlled by the lies told by the media. It …show more content…
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education” (Martin Luther King, Jr).Fahrenheit 451 teaches the world of an altered education where no substance can be found within the information fed. Clarisse expresses her feelings of school life to Montag saying that “It’s a lot of funnels and a lot of water poured down the spout and out the bottom and them telling us its wine when it’s not” (pg 42). Clarissa 's further expresses her dislike for school by saying that she does not mix with other students because she thinks that "it 's not social to get a bunch of people together and then not let them talk"(pg 41). Through the metaphor of the funnel, and the creation of an eccentric character such as Clarisse, Bradbury proves to us that the information kids were being taught was impractical and didn’t ignite any passion or excitement. Consequently, at the end of the school day, "[they] can 't do anything but go to bed or head to a fun park to bully people around" (pg 42). The kids in this society did not ask questions they just listened and acted like puppets on a string. When was the last time you questioned your professor about something taught in class? Take the book Fahrenheit 451, why this book when there are so many other books in the world? Maybe if "We never ask questions,” (pg 41) we aren 't that different to …show more content…
We are becoming an online copy of Fahrenheit 451. Something Ray Bradbury dreaded. Our addiction to Media is like drugs to a drug addict. We know it’s not right for our body but we fall under its trap anyway. Education is the answer to the future, yet our world is getting the answer wrong every time. When we have had numerous warnings of how our world will become, why are we not changing? If you do not want our country to be like the society described in the book, where minds are manipulated, books are forbidden and thinking about thinking is a crime against humanity. Drastic measures need to be taken. There is a time to be silent and a time to speak. Leave here, thinking of this verse, “And on either side of the river was there a tree of life, which bare twelve manners of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations”(pg 211). Let the ability to think be the leaves for healing our

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