Ray Bradbury 's Fahrenheit 451

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“The world is darkness; knowledge is light; but knowledge without truth is a mere shadow.” (Ali Ibn Abi Talib) Truth is the key to the cave of ignorance that confines each and every human being on this planet. Although many of us think we are consciously aware of all truth, society has restricted us to believe what we are told by continuously stacking layers of lies over top of each other. As a growing society, many lies have been recovered but many still linger around us every day. Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451, is based on a dystopian society solely made up of lies. When the truth confronts a major character in this novel, shocking decisions are made to ensure its protection. Similarly in the Wachowski Brothers’ film, The Matrix, Neo felt something; he didn’t know what it was but it was driving him mad. He needed answers, and when he finally got them, he was the only one who could protect it for the sake of all of humanity. Finally, in Philip Noyce’s film, Rabbit Proof Fence, three little girls express their loyalty to the truth with their persistence towards saving their cultural identity. These three pieces of literature are prime examples of how lies can easily take over a life, however, strong will and persistence kept the humanity of truth alive within them. The awareness of truth within a society drives one to embrace the insight that they now hold; this allows them to protect their new knowledge from the surrounding influences that could easily take it away.

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