Fahrenheit 451 Literary Analysis

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True Grit: How Frederick Douglass proves the resilience of the human spirit In Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag is one man attempting to turn his society upside down. After discovering for himself the injustice of his society as it shuns all literature, Montag relentlessly fights to fix this corruption and endures large amounts of persecution in the process (Bradbury). Meanwhile, in his autobiography, Narrative in the Life of Frederick Douglass, Douglass recounts his past as a single slave doing his best to right the evils of southern slaveholders. Although one takes place in a fantasy and one during 19th century America, both works portray individuals going against the unjust grain of their societies, and persevering through extreme opposition in the process. After escaping the grip of slavery, Douglass recounts his life story to a curious, yet most-likely privileged audience in an intelligent and revealing manner. Throughout his narrative, Douglass praises the surprising resilience of the human spirit even in the midst of constant hardship. Douglass demonstrates to his audience this steadfastness by providing vivid details into the absolute lowest moments of his life. To prove to his audience the broader capabilities of human fortitude, Douglass first validates his own personal suffering. He writes, “If at any one time of my life more than another, I was made to drink the bitterest dregs of slavery, that time was during the first six months of my stay
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