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The Dangers Of Ignorance Exposed In Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

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In the mind of Ray Bradbury, people are scared of reality. His dystopian novel entitled Fahrenheit 451 is noted as one of his best stories. It tells of a futuristic American society where books are illegal. The main character, Montag, is a “fireman” who burns books, but he soon realizes the knowledge the poses. A dystopian novel is one where everything goes terribly wrong. A motif is a recurring theme or idea through out a book. To be ignorant is to not have the knowledge of something. In this book, ignorance is a motif. The imaginary society is very ignorant of books. Their ignorance prevents them from gaining knowledge, having control over what they know, and being satisfied with life.
A society with no books is one with no knowledge. A society with no knowledge is one full of ignorance. An ignorant society is easy to control. The firemen burn the books after the police arrest the people who had the books. Captain Beatty is in charge of the firemen. One night, Montag had asked Beatty about a past burning. The man whose books they burned was sent to an asylum and Montag asked Beatty why since the man was not insane. Beatty replied, “‘Any man’s insane who thinks he can fool the government and us!’”(p. 33) Beatty says the man is irrational for reading books. Why would the man be insane for gaining the knowledge of other people? If anything, the man should be rational. Not many people in that society realize the marvelous things books can do for them. The reason why books are illegal is because the controversy between two different books is too much for them, they can not handle it.
Control of the society belongs to the government. The government keeps public ignorant by banning books. Instead of reading, the people can watch television or smash cars, activities in which no thinking is involved. An example in which Montag is controlled by the government is when he is astonished by a suggestion made by Clarisse...

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