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Transcript of Fahrenheit
"Maybe the books can get us half out of the cave"
(Bradbury76). This allusion of Plato’s allegory of the cave, is significant to the theme of the story because it shows us how these people live, and the condition of “darkness” in which there at. It is in truth like a cave this form of life in which their shadows are all senseless things that don’t bring productive thought. Montag mentioned this quote when he was reffering to the books, this shows how in the desperate state he was in and how ther could be hope in the books. Books can enlighten us to the rest of our world, leaving our comfort zone and demanding the use of imagination, bringing us closer to the light as we question and seek knowledge. "She didn't want to know how a thing was done, but why. That can be emberresing. You ask alot of things and you wind up very unhappy indeed, if you keep at it"
“Questioning can be embarrassing?” This quote just impacts one with thinking, that we are deprived of thinking, and being vegetables instead of humans. It is said that the way to get knowledge is by questioning, discovering, and admiring; to seek beyond what is horizontal, but seek deeper meaning, vertically. When you end up with to much information that you would rather not know, it is true you can end unhappy, but if you never seek you’ll never find what is lying beneath that can be more valuable. At schools students can be looked down upon when they ask to much and want to know more, when in truth this is opening their minds to a wider view of life and different perspectives, instead of being caught in the shore, they open up to experience an ocean of knowledge. "I sometimes think drivers don't know what grass is, or flowers, because they never see them slowly...If you showed a driver a green blur, Oh yes! he'd say, that's grass! A pink blur! That's a rose garden! White blurs are houses. Brown blurs are cows"
We often take things slowly, trying to hurry through everything and make sure we check everything off in our planner. Always planning, it seems we get new ways to do it more often; the Blackberry, iPhone, iPad, and so many more. There is rarely any time to stop and smell the roses, things are becoming unfamiliar to us and there is a loss of admiration for daily life blessings. So, yes, we sometimes see things as a blur, no more time to value your surroundings because what’s on TV is way more interesting. And like Bradbury put it, drivers don’t take it slow anymore; this can be seen even now today. Each family member in the car absorbed by their electronic device, whether its headphones plugged in, or a small TV on the headrest, the scenery is being ignored and wasted. "They might just stop us from making the same damn mistakes"
Books are often used to remind people how human nature can be and past mistakes. Bradbury’s intention when writing this book was to “prevent the future not predict it,” it sad though that we sometimes don’t learn of our mistakes and are condemned to repeat them. It is being seen that we are falling into this society Bradbury illustrated, being more concerned in more material things. In some places books are outlawed because they can open people’s minds to see beyond what they know, giving them freedom. But we are not taking advantage of that and letting situations slip instead of learning and moving forward we are digressing, thinking that we have become superior, but truly have accomplished very little in behavior "So now do you see why books are hated and feared? They show the pores in the face of life. The comfortable people want only wax moon faces, poreless, hairless, expressionless. We are living in a time when flowers are trying to live on flowers, instead of growing on good rain and black loam.(Bradbury85).
This quote by Faber is of significance because he is describing how people in this society only want to see what is on the surface of things, but not find deeper meaning. The pores that he refers to books having, allow us to view more deeply into what the message is giving this human characteristic to a book is meaning that it reveals more than just an image. People are living off an image they want to cover up and live by appearances, not gaining the true reality of their flaws or facing what surrounds them, how the world really is. This interpretation can also be given about are world today, as we see people filling themselves more with the media and things that just fill the surface. "Old Montag wanted to fly near the sun and now that he's burnt his damn wings, he wonders why"
This quote is representing the story of Ikaros, who did not follow instructions and flew to close to the sun, thus falling to his death. This analogy is symbolic to how Montag’s experience was with books, seeking for knowledge, and ignoring Beatty’s warning. As Montag went more towards the light, which was knowledge everything in his life began to fall apart not knowing were to start to reach this wisdom and illumination. People try to seek that light, a way out of darkness, but can find a downfall in this process because what they once knew or lived can hold them back from seeing clearly or achieving their goal. "And he was suprised to learn how certain he suddenly was of a single fact he could not prove. Once, long ago, Clarisse had walked here, where he was walking now"(Bradbury147).
Montag’s change and strive for wanting to live was inspired by Clarisse. Montag wanted whatever she had because he realized he wasn’t happy and that search for answers was always in him. As he noticed that were he was walking Clarisse had been there too, he was completing who in mind he wanted to be, releasing from his old self. People constantly try to find how to live and we take many paths along that discovery, Clarisse represented this unique soul that was certain of who she was and could express herself with her firm beliefs. "You laugh when I haven't been funny and you anwer right off. You never stop to think what I've asked you"
In this conversation between Clarisse and Montag, we can clearly see that Clarisse is this alive soul that absorbs every bit of information by questioning, pondering, and admiring things. While in contrast Montag does not savor the information, his surroundings, or his sensations; he lives just to live. Here it shows how blocked off Montag is from the world, the people are dead soils that don’t embrace things, or want to know things. Many people can be like this going their daily lives not once taking the time to look and experience what is going on around them, but live off of unrealistic emotions. Basing their facts from what they see on TV or hear off of others instead of experiencing themselves. "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"
The purpose for the society to have become like this is because they wanted to create everyone equal, thus making everyone happy. The problem with this is that there is no individuality, the people are kept bonded and can’t think or find more meaning in life. People tend to compare themselves with others, noticing others accomplishments and not being satisfied with their own, so that’s why being unique is a threat a way to be successful and so a way to intimidate others. "Now there was only the cold river and Montag floating in a sudden peacefulness, away from the city and the lights and the chase, away from everything"(Bradbury142).
As Montag floats down the river it symbolic because of how he is going away from his past and all the distraction, his old self. This can relate to when someone is getting baptized, a rebirth and becoming someone new. Montag experienced this sensation of peace , a time to finally think , leisure to digest and ponder about who he was, his future, and what he had lived. In our world today, we are bombarded constantly about bad situations and we rarely have time to take a deep breath, because we are worried, stressed on how are future will be with violence rising. This moment of leisure is of importance to us, if we don’t take this time run away from ourselves there will always be a stage of repeating the same daily routine without a new beginning. Fahrenheit 451
P. 5 Fahrenheit 451