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Literary Discussion F451

Mindset of the citizens in Fahrenheit 451
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Brady Knippa

on 6 September 2012

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Transcript of Literary Discussion F451

Mindset of citizens in F451 Fahrenheit 451
Literary Discussion photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli In this dystopian society, how people perceive their environment is different from how we view it today. Their daily lives revolve around delusional fallacies and the endless use of technology instead of focusing on the more important aspects of the real world. The minds of the people are so warped that in
Mildred's case, she almost committed suicide without
any knowledge of it occurring. The younger citizens were extremely reckless in the way they conducted their daily lives, such as reckless driving, and shootings. Clarisse McClellan Captain Beatty is a ruthless antagonist and a man defined by paradoxes in the book, "Fahrenheit 451." Beatty is the chief of a fire station where the protagonist, Guy Montag, works. His job is to burn books but ironically he is killed by fire. Beatty is a intelligent, contradictory character who tries to manipulate people's minds, including Montag's, with his sophisticated education. Beatty himself has been collecting vast varieties of books secretly, contradicting the character that he shows others to be. Captain Beatty: In F451,Professor Faber can be classified as the antithesis of Captain Beatty. Suggested by his name, used to be an english professor before the turn of the technology age. Throughout the latter part of the book, Faber is seen assisting Montag in his quest for knowledge and truth through books. Professor Faber To be abnormal, one had to be normal. This was the case of Clarrise, who, by being herself, stuck out like a sore thumb. That's the reason people in her world was scared of her. Because she actually thought; the greatest weapon that she possessed was her curiosity. "' We stand against the small tide of those who want to make everyone unhappy with conflicting theory and though'" (Bradbury 61-62). "At least once in his career, every fireman gets a itch. What do the books say, he wonders. Oh to scratch that itch, eh" (Bradbury 62)? "' the books say nothing! Nothing you can teach or believe'" (Bradbury 62) “'We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal. Each man the image of every other; then all are happy, for there are no mountains to make them cower, to judge themselves against. So! A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon'" ( Bradbury 58). But who has ever torn himself from the claw that encloses when you drop a seed in a TV parlor? It grows you any shape it wishes! It is an environment as real as the world." (Bradybury 84) "I do not talk things sir," said Faber. "I talk the meanings of things. I sit here and know I'm alive." (Bradbury 45) "Oh, there are so many actors alone who havn't acted Pirandello or Shaw or Shakespeare for years because their plays are too aware of the world." (Bradbury 87) " The only way I could possibly listen to you would be if somehow the fireman structure itself could be burnt. Now if you suggest that we print extra books and arrange to have them hidden in fremen's houses all over the country, so that seeds of suspicion would be sown among these arsonists, bravo, I'd say!" (Bradybury 85) “Burn all, burn everything. Fire is bright and fire is clean” (Bradbury 60). "And you'll try to judge them and make your decisions as to which way to jump or fall. But I want it to be your decision, not mine, and not the Captain's. But remember that the Captain belongs to the most dangerous enemy to truth and freedom, the solid unmoving cattle of the majority. Oh God, the terrible tyranny of the majority. We all have our harps to play. And it's up to you now to know with which ear you'll listen." (Bradbury 108) 1. What are some similarities and differences in the mindsets of the people in F451 and our community today? Think of Mildred and how she perceived her life compared to ours. Questions Love: "'Your uncle said, your uncle said. Your uncle must be a remarkable man.'" Character: "It all depends on what you mean by social, doesn't it? Social to me means... talking about how strange the world is. Curiosity: "'I don't mean to be insulting. It's just, I love to watch people too much, I guess.'" Friendship: "We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed... 'Is that what it was in the girl next door? I've tried so hard to figure.'" I Influence: "He didn't know what there was about the afternoon, but it was not seeing [Clarisse] somewhere in the world." 2. Instead of our lives revolving around delusional fallacies like in the book, what are some important aspects in our world we should keep focusing on? On the opposite side of the spectrum, the scholars are attempting to preserve what's left of their previous civilization by their memories. How can one preserve one's ideas and culture while innovating? Kids are seen driving underage, and even adults enjoy people getting killed... for what? the thrill of the kill. How do people grow up to be like they are in F451's society? In Farenheit 451, even the government is corrupted - It doesn't or can't protect its people. The country is at its point, or rather, past it, to even be considered a country. Why does the government allow its people to live this way? What would you do in a world like that shown in Farenheit 451?
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