Authority & Individual

1437 Words Mar 30th, 2011 6 Pages
In Fahrenheit 451, written by Ray Bradbury, authority is viewed as ruthless and the individual is portrayed as innocent. This is also emphasised in two related texts, Whose Life Is It Anyway? By Brian Clark, and Shawshank Redemption, directed by Frank Darabont. The themes of ruthlessness and innocence are exemplified throughout all three texts, through the concept of the authority and the individual.

In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, authority is depicted as ruthless. This is shown throughout the novel through the character of Montag and through the use of symbolism, oxymoron, repetition and imagery. “It was a pleasure to burn” this quote is an oxymoron and it portrays Montag’s sadistic perspective as he enjoys something that is
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Hence it is evident, that authority figures are ruthless in Shawshank Redemption.

Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, conveys the individuals as innocent. This is exemplified through symbolism. White is repeated to describe Faber, “he and the plaster walls… there was white in flesh… and his hair was white” this shows that Faber is pure and innocent. Bradbury also uses personification, “her dress was white and it whispered”. This shows the purity of Clarisse. Metaphor is used to describe the innocence of Clarisse, “her face was fragile milk crystals with a soft and contrast light into it”. This is in contrast to the destructive nature of authority. Therefore, symbolism, personification and metaphors, lead to the individuals innocence which eventually leads them as conformists. “Sea shells” is an example of metaphor for propaganda. Bradbury also uses dialogue to convey this theme to the reader, when he shows Mildred he has no education and has a weak expression. This also conveys the effect that censorship can have on an individual. Bradbury also uses symbolism through the snake. It is symbolic of evil deeds spitting venomous. Therefore, through metaphors, dialogue, symbolism, personification and metaphors, it is evident that individuals are seen as innocent in the text.

The issue of innocence of the individuals is also portrayed through Clark’s Whose Life Is It Anyway? The innocence of the characters is shown
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