Theme Of Individuality In Fahrenheit 451

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This novel, written by Ray Bradbury, takes place in a dystopian society where following government regulations are the social norm. Pleasure-seeking and distractions are the features of lifestyle where Montag lives. One cannot think, but can only indulge themselves from mindless entertainment because it requires minor distinctive thoughts. Characters such as Mildred, Beatty, and the majority conforms to the government because it is a normal act. On the other hand, individuality is not accepted as a social norm because they become threats as they question what life is and look for answers in books. People who show individuality are considered as outcasts of society and be put under government danger as they do not tolerate with any form of knowledge. As a result, they will be punished and be killed. The government in Fahrenheit 451 detests the quality of individuality and try to suppress anyone who possesses it because being an individual will change person’s idea about how they perceive life. Individuality becomes a key component in this terrible society because it allows people become to think and question their lives whether they are good or bad. Clarisse McClellan, the first unique character readers see, sets a great example of individuality in the novel. Clarisse was walking home with Montag that night and says “Isn't this a nice time of night to walk? I like to smell things and look at things, and sometimes stay up all night, walking, and watch the sun rise" (Bradbury
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