The Role Of Education In Fahrenheit 451

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Henry Ford has said, “Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.” The world has evolved because of past experiences, which has helped everyone gain knowledge and develop. Without understanding of the past, advancement will stagnate. In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag had a subconscious longing for meaning and connections which eventually led to his opposition of his community due to lack of morality and values of the people in his society, the inadequacy of education, and absence of religion.
To begin, the lack of morality
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Clarisse did not go to school because she was seen as an antisocial person. This was not because she did not want to talk to people, but rather because she wanted to talk to people about things other than the ordinary day-to-day nonsense, “‘Or talking about how strange the world is’” (Bradbury 27). Talking about information that was not about sports or TV was abnormal, making Clarisse an outcast, “‘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,...” (Lee 1). The classes that the students took within the novel were not the typical educational classes, “‘... An Hour of TV class, an hour basketball or baseball or running, another hour of transcription history or painting pictures…’” (Bradbury 27). The irregular classes did not teach the kids’ literacy skills, communication proficiency, or real world experience. The students rarely asked questions, rather they were told all the answers, and this led to an absence of independent thought. Another flaw in the system was that kids were expected to be wild, not educated or civilized. The students were so beat down from school that afterwards they would go insane, wrecking cars and breaking windows. It was completely natural for students to kill each other. They lacked self-control and were not taught that murder is a heinous crime. It seemed as if the school system was just a place for kids to go and waste time. They did not learn to have their own thoughts but it is unlikely that everyone will conform, like Montag, who still sought out further information on the

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