Critical Lens, Farenheit 451 And A Long Way Gone

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Evelin GilbertMs.AnselmoEnglish 10 H/ Pre-AP28, September 2014Critical Lens essayIt has been said that "In a dark time , the eye begins to see"…(Theodore Roethke) In other words this quote is interpreted as when one is at their lowest, one starts to begin to realize things you've never realized before. This idea is true, as it can be seen in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and A long Way Gone by Ishmael Baeh. In Fahrenheit 451, Montag who is the protagonist, has his sight darkened by society. Clarisse is the one responsible for showing Montag the light and leading him to a new way of thinking. Her free will mentality made Montag question his self, what was he doing and why? In A Long Way Gone, one understand truly that a dark time is when one is blind to the occurrences happening around you, such was in Ishmael's case. He was oblivious to the oncoming war that was raging around him, so when the rebels came to pillage and plunder his eyes were truly opened to what was happening around him. In both novels, the authors use a variety of literary techniques to help develop the plot of both novels. One literary technique is the used is irony. It is used to illustrate the possibilities of what was expected to happen but didn't come to. Another literary technique is the use of conflict to help illustrate the struggles of the protagonist in each novel.Fahrenheit 451 is set in a time in relation to the distant future where the protagonist, Guy Montag, is characterized as an average Joe who later becomes a warring patriot for books. Montag's internal conflict comes about in the encounter between his self and his neighbor Clarisse. Her free will thinking leads him to question his actions and society itself. He becomes curious about books and that curiosity is what leads him down a dangerous path. As a firefighter, this was hardly dangerous for Montag to even think about, especially during this time of the extinction of books. This leads him to make very drastic decisions and and act upon instinct. One example that is found in relation to the quote "In a dark time, the eye begins to see" is when Clarisse leads Montag to question his life. Not only his life but his job and role in society. She was the spark that ignited the flame in him, which he alone coaxed it to grow. He starts to question authority and leave behind his firefighter views. He came to an understanding that society was wrong to burn the knowledge of the people. Bradbury uses the techniques of irony and conflict to help illustrate the dark times in which Montag is saved from. It ironic for fireman to burn down houses instead of putting their fires out. Also, the ideas of an average joe that hid behind the image set up for him by society becoming an advocate for books. The use of conflict were able to be seen between Montag and his wife Mildred, his role in society, and his hidden passion for literature.These situations prove that in troubled times, one becomes enlightened."In the most...

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