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“But that’s the wonderful thing about man; he never gets so discouraged or disgusted that he gives up doing it all over again, because he knows very well it is important and worth the doing.”(153) As society is harvested, Ray Bradbury brings to life a futuristic setting by this quote from his novel, Fahrenheit 451. Bradbury reveals his many views about our world today. Although Bradbury sets his story in the future, his goal was to make readers aware of some of many issues such as materialism and education happening in today’s world.
Bradbury denounces the quality of education through the eyes of Clarisse McClellan and Captain Beatty. After Montag had gotten to know Clarisse a little bit more, he decided to ask her why she is not in school. Clarisse replied that she does not attend school and that she is not missed by anyone. Clarisse also expressed to Montag that she is “antisocial” and longs for a world different than the one she lives in.(29) She announces her opinions about the school she once attended. Clarisse believes that it is not social to gather a bunch of people ...


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