Fahrenheit 451 Critical Essay

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Fahrenheit 451 Critical Essay
Human beings are naturally curious. We are always in search of better ideas, and new solutions to problems. One of a basic idea of Indonesia has been freedom of thinking and a free flow of ideas. But in some societies, governments try to keep their people ignorant. Usually, this is so governments can keep people under control and hold on to their power. In trying to keep people from the realities of the world, these oppressive governments can end up damaging or even destroying their society.
The protagonist of Fahrenheit 451 is Guy Montag, who has spent his life in a state of ignorance, like most people in his society. In fact, he works as a fireman, a feared member
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In the end, Montag and other exiles watch as the government destroys his city and others. They become determined to rebuild their society, passing down wisdom to future generation. We learn this when Montag and exile leader Granger are talking about the legend of the Phoenix, how the bird burns everything but then it comes back. Except he realizes that they can be different from the Phoenix. They can come back, but they can remember the mistakes that were made so they don’t repeat them. They won’t remake society as it was they will make something new, where people can share ideas and read books.
“...It looks like we’re doing the same thing over and over but we’ve got one damn thing the phoenix never have,” Granger says. “We know the damn silly thing we just did...sometimes we’re stop making the goddamn funeral pyres and jumping in the middle. We pick up a few more people that remember every generation” (Bradbury 25).
In reading Fahrenheit 451, we have learned there is a proper time to challenge the system. Complacency and fear can lead to evil taking over. Ray Bradbury takes Montag through many obstacles, some of which he brings on himself and others brought on by ineffectively doing nothing. In this world, it is hard to get truth to reveal itself.
Montag is put in the position of verifying and searching for truth in the laws and following what his heart is leading him to do. People all have a zeal and passion for life in some form or another. In our society

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