Farnehiet 451 Essay

978 words - 4 pages

To “wake up” means you conform your mind to reality. When you “wake up” you have a new silence for thinking. You have a different perspective on the things around you. We are living in a real world where real things happen. We need to know our surroundings and know how to act according to them. The book Fahrenheit 451 happens in the future when books are against the law. A fireman named Montag just so happens to undergo this situation of “waking up”. This essay will tell how he started to “wake up”, what things he needs learn, contrasts in cultures, and reflections on these contrasts.
One night, while coming home from work, Montag meets a girl named Clarisse ...view middle of the document...

Leisure for the time to reflect upon what he had read is also important. It is important because he needs time to digest the information so he can understand it. He can’t just read a book and not have leisure. Leisure helps him to understand the book. If he doesn’t think about the book, he will never understand it. Lastly, he needs to be able to act upon what he had read. After he reads a book, he needs to be able to act upon what he had read. He also needs to learn patience and wisdom. He needs patience for taking the time to read through and reflect upon the books, and wisdom for understanding the books. He also needs patience and wisdom to guide his actions. They will help him to do the right things and the wise things. Faber will help him do all of this. Silence is a big part of this talk. Faber says he needs silence for thinking (p. 80). He needs silence for thinking to reflect upon the words he had read. Quality, leisure, and the right to act upon what he had read are more things that are part of “waking up”. They help him see the world anew.
There are two different cultures. There is a fake reality in the book, and there is the real reality in the world. Montag lives in the fake reality. The government wants to keep the people happy; to not let them think about problems like the war, crimes, and books (pp. 73-74). Culture built on reflection seeking truth is what Montag starts to see when he is at the river. He starts to see real reality (pp.135-136). Montag can reflect here. The city is a fake reality because you are just forced to not read books and watch...

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