Knowledge vs. Ignorance
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Knowledge vs. Ignorance
A few themes found in Ray Bradbury's unique novel, Fahrenheit 451.
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This story is quite remarkable and touching. It is truly amazing that these two people eventually reunited again. There is pure knowledge and ignorance found throughout this heart-warming story.

 

Our society has not changed as much as we think it has. The fact that Disbrow was raped in 1928 and that acts like this still occurs today is pure ignorance. Not only of the people who commit such a crime, but our society. Our society and the people can be so ignorant, unlike Montag in Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451. Montag is not ignorant like the community he lives in due to the amount of knowledge he has. However, the knowledge Disbrow’s grandson went through to track and locate his grandmother is unbelievably incredible. He petitioned and demanded adoption records to discover his family history and to find his grandmother. It was amazing how much trouble he went through to obtain the knowledge he needed to solve the mystery. He was very determined. Disbrow’s grandson is like Montag in a way. He discovers all of the knowledge there is to know about his grandmother while Montag discovers all of the knowledge about books; for example, Montag finds The Bible and owns one of the only copies hidden in his community of ignorance. In a way, they are similar.

 

The ignorance of society back in 1928 and today is quite shocking; however, the amount of knowledge is outstanding. This article relates back to Fahrenheit 451 due to its ignorant community and the knowledge that Montag obtains just in his hidden library. This article is truly remarkable.

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Before New Year’s an arsonist started fires sporadically in parts of Los Angeles and West Hollywood. The fires were originally reported in Los Angeles, and not much later was a car fire reported in West Hollywood. It is said to believe that the fires are somehow connected. No one has been hurt and there is a reward to anyone who helps solve the case.

 

This relates to Montag in Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451. He has an entire library hidden inside his house that no one knows about. No one is allowed to own books in his town; and if they do, their house will be burned down. Ironically, Montag is a fireman. Therefore, he is usually the one burning down the citizens houses who own books. Montag is similar to the arsonist. Nobody knows Montag has hundreds of books hidden inside his house and nobody knows who the arsonist is who is starting all of these numerous fires in Los Angeles. In the arsonist’s case, nobody has been hurt. However in Montag’s case, he is hurting his wife, Mildred, who is trying her best to keep the secret within her. She feels just as guilty as Montag does. He cannot come to discard his library of hidden books.

 

As one can see, Montag is in sort of a similar situation as the arsonist. If either is caught, there are serious consequences. Hopefully, the arsonist will be found and these fires will be put to rest and Montag will come to the realization that to keep his job and save his wife from guilt; he should demolish his secret library.

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Shoveling America's Wealth to the Top - NewsTrust.net

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The political leaders in today’s day of age are becoming more and more ignorant. They are using lies to aid them in campaigning as well as in office. Not only are the political leaders and politicians ignorant, but the wealthy are as well. The wealthy have always dominated in the money market. Whatever happened to equality?

 

In Fahrenheit 451, burning of books is necessary to create an ignorant community. In the United States, we are trying to do the opposite. Today’s political leaders, politicians and wealthy citizens seem to lack the knowledge of equality which therefore makes them ignorant. Our country struggled for years with equality. In Bradbury’s novel, the books that hold knowledge are burned which makes everyone in the community ignorant to knowledge. It is quite similar to the situation with the wealthy and political leaders. As stated in the article, “In an October poll, two-thirds of Americans expressed support for increased taxes on millionaires, an end to corporate tax subsidies, and policies to more evenly distribute the wealth we all help create”. The wealthy and political leaders should pay the same amount and average American citizen would pay.

 

Instead of burning our knowledge like in Fahrenheit 451 and becoming an ignorant community, we should take advantage of the great knowledge we have at hand and become a better community. It would benefit everyone, including the wealthy citizens and political leaders. If we used our knowledge and became less ignorant, we could obtain equality in the world of money.

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