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

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In the futuristic world of Fahrenheit 451 books and literature are outlawed. The population is only influenced by the technology and media they are allowed to see. They are mainly influenced by the parlors, or the T.V.’s on the walls. These parlors show exactly how the family should be and it shows no other type of family. The parlors take away a person’s ability to think for themselves. The government wants everybody to be the same. It’s human nature to want to control others or be in charge. That is why the government is continuously overseeing everything the media sends out. The people in Fahrenheit 451 believe themselves to be happy and never question what they are being told. The people in the book are ignorant to what is really going on. Ignorance vs. Happiness is a main theme in the book. In life ignorant people believe that they are happy, but in reality they don’t know what is truly going on around them so their happiness isn’t legitimate.
In Fahrenheit 451 Bradbury states, “A book is a loaded-gun in the house next door.” This is an example of a metaphor. People are ignorant when it comes to their knowledge about books. Since they don’t understand the purpose of a book they fear it. In life we fear things that we don’t understand. Instead of taking the time to learn about a thing or person we write them off as something bad or something we shouldn’t like. By believing that books are horrible the people in the book are happy with the government's choice to outlaw them. Books are wonderful things that help us to increase our knowledge. This is an example of how being ignorant and happy isn’t being happy at all.
Bradbury says, “If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you’ll never learn.” This is an aphorism. If we are too afraid to admit our ignorance then we will never grow our knowledge. We...

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