Themes in Fahrenheit-451 and the News
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Themes in Fahrenheit-451 and the News
The relationship between Fahrenheit-451 and news articles based on the themes of Knowledge vs. Ignorance and Censorship
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A Gathering Storm Over ‘Right to Work’ in Indiana

A Gathering Storm Over ‘Right to Work’ in Indiana | Themes in Fahrenheit-451 and the News | Scoop.it

"Indiana Republicans want to prohibit mandatory dues for private-sector workers, and to spur other states’ efforts."...

 

Analysis: The theme of Knowledge vs. Ignorance is dominant in the argument of right-to-work supporters on the issue of unions charging dues to its workers. Republicans are representing themselves to voters and are asserting that it is morally wrong to force workers to pay. Conversely, Democrats are arguing that it is wrong to allow free riders and that Republicans are intentionally leaving voters ignorant of the power of negotiation and the arbitration they will lose. Currently, Republicans have large majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate and are failing to expose their voters to the ill effects of anti-union policies. Likewise in Fahrenheit-451, the government oppresses its citizens by placing restrictions on the knowledge people can gain from reading and becoming informed. Right-to-work supporters strongly believe they can win with quick passage. Presently right to work laws exist in twenty-two states and Democratic and union leaders hope to increase awareness of the down side of having such a law passed within the traditional manuafacturing belt.  When the government starts actively censoring information, most people don't even bat an eye. It is important to the health of a democracy like ours for people to read. Similarly in Fahrenheit-451, society is deprived of the knowledge that the government is restricting them of their individuality and what is to be gained by reading, habits of thought and reflections. Rather, they are being lied to and told that books only contain useless nonsense. In both instances people are not afforded the opportunity to gain power and form a majority due to these restrictions. Ignorance leaves them weak and as a minority.

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Acting Helps Soldier Cope With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Acting Helps Soldier Cope With Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder | Themes in Fahrenheit-451 and the News | Scoop.it

"Matthew Pennington has learned to live with the physical wounds of war, but a role as a soldier in a movie is helping him cope with post-traumatic stress disorder."...

 

Analysis: The theme of Knowledge vs. Ignorance relates to this soldier's story through Bradbury's wish to portray the creation of a homogenized society. This article views a young man who knew it was his duty to serve his country and proudly did so, never questioning the need to protect America. Likewise, Montag performs his duties as a firemen, and joins in the destruction of knowledge in order to create sameness and never questioned the pleasure of watching pages consumed by flames. When the soldier returns home as an amputee society accommodates his visible disability. Those injuries he understands and can fit back into an equal society. But then came the emotions he was ignorant of, the ones inside his head. Thus the parallel with Montag. Montag's discovery of a past when people were not afraid and looked toward a future in which people could read and think for themselves makes him suddenly realize that what he had done is wrong. He was ignorant and had to do something to promote change. His attempts to reclaim his own humanity range from compassionate and sensitive, as in his conversations with Clarisse, to the grotesque and irresponsible, as in his murder of Beatty and his scheme to overthrow the firemen. Similarly, the soldier had to find a way to articulate his darker memories of war, the killing of eighteen Iraqi's, and the time he nearly killed an Iraqi family. He grew more irritable, anxious, and depressed, crashing his car into a wall and telling his wife he can't do it anymore. They both had to find a way to deal with what they have done and give meaning to their experiences. When one knows better one can do better.

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How microbloggers vault the 'Great Firewall of China'

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"Type the words "Egypt," "Tiananmen" or "June 4th, 1989" into any of China's microblogging sites and the search will return this message: "According to relevant law and regulations, the results are not displayed."...

 

Analysis: The theme of censorship in China relates to the censorship in Fahrenheit-451 through the government restrictions on the knowledge people are allowed to be exposed to. The Chinese government restricts the access to information that can be found on certain google websites and to social networking sites such as facebook and twitter. Similarly, in the novel the government gives firemen the job of starting fires with the intention of burning down houses thought to contain books and arresting or killing the people who own them. In both instances while some people do conform to the law and others do not and get penalized for it, there are those who find ways to cheat the system and get around the restrictions. In the article it explains how the citizens of China refer to their searches in different terms such as "The Pharoah Nation" instead of Egypt or mispell words such as "democrazy" for democracy or use slang terms or use the forty-five different Chinese dialects. It also describes how microbloggers scan comments as images. All of these methods cheat the bots that detect keywords and brings it to the attention of the censors. In Fahrenheit-451 Guy Montag and a number of other individuals whose homes he was forced to burn obtained books secretly. The group of "Book People" or hobo intellectuals at the end of the novel were able to preserve literature through their memories and the sharing of stories between one another. Like Chinese Web users who use microblogs to share stories about uncanvassed social issues.

 

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