Theme Of Knowledge In Fahrenheit 451

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Knowledge is the state of knowing something. The novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury portrays people who possess knowledge in a way as sinful and the government in the book always tries to keep the people ignorant of all the problems that their society has. The government keeps the people ignorant so they won’t rebel and try to correct what is wrong. There are characters in this book that are outcasts and they are different from everyone else in society in which they have a different way of thinking and perceiving information that is given to them. Clarrise, Montag, and Faber are three outcasts in this book who know right from wrong and they notice what is corrupt and they question the unknown. Guy Montag Is the main character who rebels and …show more content…
Bradbury shows the need for knowledge through all of the poor decisions that are made by the characters that is caused by their ignorance. One way that Bradbury shows the need for knowledge is by showing what the consequences of no knowledge are. Montag states, “You’re afraid of making mistakes. Don’t be. Mistakes can be profited by. Man, when I was younger I shoved my ignorance in people faces. They beat me with sticks. By the time I was forty my blunt instrument had been honed to a fine cutting point for me. If you hid your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn” (Bradbury, 100). Bradbury is using imagery to show Montag that when Faber was younger, he did not hide his ignorance and that if Montag pretends that he knows nothing; he will never learn because making a mistake teaches how to be a better person and if you don’t make a mistake, you will never learn anything. In a society that does not shows their ignorance and …show more content…
79, “Do you know why books such as this are so important? Because they have quality. And what does the world quality mean? To me it means texture. This book has pores. It has features. This book can go under the microscope. The more pores, the more Montag uses personification in this quote and refers to the text that books contain as pores. He does this to show that books are important and that the more pores that books have, the deeper the meaning of the text in a book will go into. The text that a book contains is very vital and has a lot of quality that gives the reader knowledge and if people read books, they will make a more informed decision in their actions and not do whatever they want. Bradbury states, “We do need knowledge. And perhaps sin a thousand years we might pick smaller cliffs to jump off. The books are to remind us what asses and fools we are” (Bradbury, Pg. 82). This quote shows that the books are in fact beneficial because when the characters read the text, they compare their lives to the books and realize that what they are doing is wrong in reality and that they have to change their ways. Overall, books are beneficial in a way in which it helps people make a more informed decision and understand what they are doing and why they are doing those

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