##451 And Dudley Randall's Fahrenheit 451, By Ray Bradbury

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In society, rules and laws are seen as the guardian of a civilization, they are meant to keep order and to secure and meet the need of the people they are serving but, When does a population begin to distinguish the difference between law and oppression? When is it appropriate to challenge the rules? When do we begin to fight for what is right for us and for the people? In Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 and in Dudley Randall’s poem “The Ballad of Birmingham” we are introduced to two examples where the rules are challenged. In Fahrenheit 451, Clarisse, a curious 17 year-old teenager, and Guy Montag, an ignorant and mindless character are depicted living in a futuristic town where the laws no longer make sense for the good of the people. In “The Ballad of Birmingham” a young African-American girl does not challenge the rule, yet suffers the consequence. Both Fahrenheit 451 and “The Ballad of Birmingham” portray that rules should and can be challenged in certain situation such as, when the rules no longer make sense, when you are being affected even when following the rules, and when they are affecting an innocent or harmless group of people.
When rules do not make sense for the good of the people, they should not be followed, on the contrary, they should be challenged. In Fahrenheit 451 the rules are depriving the citizens from obtaining knowledge from books; the government has been keeping them from learning. Clarisse, a young girl, believes that there is more to know

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