Ray Bradbury Once Said, “Collecting Facts Is Important.

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Ray Bradbury once said, “Collecting facts is important. Knowledge is important. But if you don 't have an imagination to use the knowledge, civilization is nowhere” (www.brainyquote.com). This powerful quote said by the author of the novel, “Fahrenheit 451,” provides insight to the overlying problems found in the futuristic utopian society. Ray Bradbury is well known for his masterful use of words to fill his novels with theme. Do we, as readers, pick up on the many universal ideas, or themes, authors provide in short stories, novels, or even social media postings? Theme, as Portable Literature Reading, Reacting, Writing states, is the “central or dominant idea [of a work of literature]; however, many people confuse theme with the enter…show more content…
Amanda Barrett states that “Fahrenheit 451” provides “warnings against the danger of censorship and the more subtle loss of imagination and creativity” in the bookless society (Barrett, 2). Books are a vital part of a functional society because they evoke emotions that would ultimately vanish if the use of books was banned. When Beatty stopped by Montag’s house, he tried to explain why the society banned books. The use of books, long films, and long hours spent studying at school gradually declined as the society started moving at a faster pace. Beatty brings to light another reason books were banned when he says, “The bigger your market, Montag, the less you handle controversy, remember that!” (Bradbury, 55). According to Beatty, censorship grew in the society of “Fahrenheit 451” in order not to offend every minority group. Censorship was supposed to help the people in the society grow as equals; however, the suppression of books and other learning aspects hindered the people and bottled up the emotions that are needed for a functional, growing society. Another theme found in Ray Bradbury’s novel, “Fahrenheit 451,” is ignorance versus knowledge. Ignorance versus knowledge was another dominant idea presented in the novel because the fireman burned the knowledge found in books to ignorantly fulfill the society’s levels of happiness and stability. The society

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