Examples Of Knowledge In Fahrenheit 451

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Knowledge can be defined as the acquaintance with facts, truths, and awareness. Inquiry is the act of questioning. In the dystopian world of Fahrenheit 451, there is a prominent lack of both knowledge and inquiry. Meaning, society, happiness, media, and entertainment all infer the absence of thinking and questioning in the book. In the world of Fahrenheit 451, books are burned because they are “confusing”, schools teach students with meaningless facts, and people are forced to drive at high speeds so they can’t see what’s around them. We can see that people stopped pondering their surroundings in the world of the book. In schools, students are crammed with useless facts, and are not taught about the reasons behind it. By extracting the “meaning”, it limited types of expressions. Books were one of them. Knowledge changed to simply “knowing” facts, without the reasons. By manipulating the understanding of knowledge and inquiry, books were considered confusing and “not good”. In the end, it was the public that stopped reading books, as Beatty said.…show more content…
Unlike most people in Fahrenheit 451, she inquires a lot about the surrounding environment. She is seen as “antisocial” because she doesn’t mix with the “society”. It turns out that the meaning of “social” in Fahrenheit 451 is being the same as others. Clarisse gave Montag a spark of interest in the outside world, thus making him start to read books. Unfortunately, Clarisse gets run over by a car and dies. Later, Beatty says, ”You ask Why to a lot of things and you wind up very unhappy indeed, if you keep at it. The poor girl’s better off dead,” This shows that Clarisse was not supposed to be there at all. From existence of Clarisse, Bradbury gives us a comparison of the world with no interest and the so-called “normal”
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