Fahrenheit 451 Ignorance
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MSNBC on NYPD Police Brutality during Occupy Wall Street

               The ignorance in Fahrenheit 451 is being spread by the firefighters, but in this video the ignorance is coming from the policemen on Occupy Wall Street. The injustice between the upper and lower classes has been visible for years, and finally these protestors decided to take a stand. A policeman brutally assaulted a man with a camera, and this news reporter claims, "they will do anything they can to stop you from legally videotaping how they handle their responsibility to serve and protect you." The injustice of the police is inexcusable in this video, and the injustice of the ignorant firefighters is as well. In the novel, Montag realizes his ignorance and begins to read books as often as he can to gain knowledge, just as these protestors began to take a stand and fight back against their ignorance.

               The unfairness of the police brutality in this video is discussed by the newsreporter when he says that the police will go unharmed; they will lose not one day of their pay, and they will recieve no consequence for their violent and unnecessary actions. This is a perfect demonstration of how ignorant and blind our society is, and although the protestors on Occupy Wall Street are fighting back, it is clear that they are not getting very beneficial results.

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Government lying

               The government in Fahrenheit 451 has complete powers over its people, and the government is lying to them. The government burns books for many reasons, but my belief is that they burn books to prevent the people from learning things by reading books that the government would not want them to know. This article specifically says that the government lies to its people, when they feel it is necessary... "It is easy to imagine an infinite number of situations ... where government officials might quite legitimately have reasons to give false information out." The article also states that knowledge is far more powerful than ignorance, "knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."

               In Fahrenheit 451, the books represent the knowledge that is being destroyed, andthe firefighters represent the ignorance that the government is trying to spread.The theme of knowledge versus ignorance in the novel is seen in this article as the author recognizes that even today in our society, the government lies to us about certain matters, therefore making us ignorant.

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Ignorance in Today's Society

               Ignorance is a never ending problem in today's society. This is an anomaly that most governments have chosen not to address, possibly they will never understand nor resolve. This article speaks on a very important theme in the novel; ignorance. The government in Fahrenheit 451 takes books and burns them to decrease the knowledge of the people, therefore making them ignorant. To be ignorant is to lack knowledge or learning, which is precisely what the books represent. By removing the books from society, the society becomes ignorant. This is what the author of this article is trying to say when he says, "the ignorance that I am trying to speak about is the ignorance that violates the rights of others, including one owns right, by acting outside of a cultural or social context, preventing you from excelling."

               The government both in today's society and in the novel try to promote ignorance, but in very different ways. Today's society does it much more subtle than the firefighters, but the principle is still the same.  Instead of burning all of our books and depriving us of knowledge, our society provides us with pictures of what our lives should be like, and forces us to believe that there is a right way to live and a wrong way. You must be skinny, you have to be pretty and have white teeth and drink alcohol. Divorce is okay, as is cheating, and sex before marriage is absolutely fine. Television and entertainment gives us this false information that there is a cetain way to live, therefore deprivng us of what else is really out there; other religions, other cultures, other beliefs. And in this way, our society today is indeed very ingorant, and similar to the society in Fahrenheit 451.

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