Indiviualism in Fahrenheit 451
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A lot of the things we have today that are manmade came from people who dared to think outside of the box. There are not so good ideas that we learn from and there are also really great ideas from which we learn and benefit from. Ask yourself this how is society to grow, change, and develop if we only listen to how one person wants it to be. Individualism is belief in the primary importance of the individual and personal independence, it makes everyone unique. If there was not individuality high school life would be boring. You wouldnt walk around seeing thousands of students wearing clothes that express who they are but instead you would see everyone wearing boring dull colors like our school colors for example. Need I say more. Part of the high school experience is everybody being their own individual self. All fords are a like but no two people are the same! (Henry Ford).
He saw himself in her eyes, suspended in in two shining drops of bright water, himself dark and tiny, in fine detail the lines about his mouth, everything there, as if her eyes were two miraculous bits of violet amber that might capture and hold him intact. (Bradbury 7) This quote is important because it shows what the government is doing and wants and also what Guy wants. The first part of the quote represents how Guy wants the society to let everyone be an individual.
You ask yourself what does all of this have to do with Fahrenheit 451. If you said that the theme is individualism then I would say that you are close but no cigar. The theme of the book is what the author Ray Bradbury says about individuality. Bradbury shows how he fells about this through the character Guy Montag. Fahrenheit 451 has many examples. One is when Guy is running away from the mechanical hounds the community all open their doors: at the count of ten now! One! Two! He felt the city rise. Three! He felt the city turn to its thousands of doors. Faster leg up, leg down! Four! The people sleep walking in their hallways. Five! He felt their hands on the door knobs! The smell of the river was cool and like solid rain. His throat burnt rust and his eyes were wept dry with running. He yelled as if this yell would jet him on, fling him the last hundred yards. Six, seven, eight. The door knobs turned on five thousand doors. Nine. He ran the last row of houses, on a slope leading down to a solid, moving blackness. Ten! The doors opened. The counting part of the above passage is the government told everyone to open their doors on the count of ten and look out to see if they could see Guy. (137)
The government hates being wrong so when the mechanical hound loses the scent of Guy at the river they find a guy and kill him just to tell the public that he was found and killed. They did this so that they could still remain powerful with in their society.
The people in this book destroyed anything that had two sides to it and things that other people couldnt believe. Bit by bit , people banned movies and books that went against what the government would say. It did not happen that easily though, it started with technology, almost every family has a TV in the parlor in the book. This made people to think, and speak their Opinion. Eventually everyone was arguing about something. Like Beatty, the captain fireman said, dont provide the people with two sides to a story, give them one, or better yet, none. ( 37) When you watch TV it shapes your mind into what the society wants you to think. Bradbury is trying to make a point that all the censorship and oppression of ideas that has gone on to destroy individuality could lead up to what happens in his book.
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