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Role of Religion in Fahrenheit 451

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Transcript of Role of Religion in Fahrenheit 451

Guy Montag
Clarisse McClaren
Captain Beattie
Role of Religion
Published in 1953
Synopsis
Francois Truffaut 1966 Film Adaptation
Starring...
Oskar Werner
Julie Christie
"That small motion, the white and red color, a strange fire because it meant a different thing to him. It was not burning. I was warming" (145).
Use of the black cobra-like machine which parallels the devil as after Mildred is treated with the machine, she becomes hollow and vacant which emplifies lack of a faith leads to lack of meaning in life.
"There was a silly damn bird called a phoenix back before Christ, every few hundred years he built a pyre and burnt himself up...But every time he burnt himself up he sprang out of the ashes, he got himself born all over again" (163).
In a society where bibles are burned, Bradbury demonstrates the danger of not having any religion to guide one’s actions resulting in the moral decay and extreme violence of youth.
Role of Religion in Fahrenheit 451
Bradbury's use of Christian imagery places emphasis on religion as an important factor that contributes to society's happiness.
Religion gives people...
1. MORAL CODE
2. SECURITY
3. PURPOSE IN LIFE
"they...go to bed or head for a Fun Park to bully people around, break windowpanes in the Window Smasher place or wreak cars in the Car Wrecker place...I'm afraid of children my own age. They kill each other" (Bradbury 30)
Bradbury uses Clarisse McClellan as an allusion for Christ to highlight strong morals not only makes yourself happy but others around you as well.
"as many times as he went out of the house...Clarisse was there somewhere in the world...three or four times he found a bouquet of flowers on his porch, or a handful of chestnuts in a little sack...Every day Clarisse walked him to the corner" (28).
Captain Beattie’s lack of mental stability and struggle with finding internal security is a result of not having religion to depend on.
"Any man who can take a TV wall apart and put it back together agian...is happier than any man who tries to slide-rule, and equate the universe, which just won't be measured or equated without making man feel bestial and lonely. I know I've tried it; to hell with it" (61).
The motif of the fire that continuously burns parallels Moses' encounter with the burning bush which in turn, demonstrates religion offering security in life.
Symbolism of the phoenix representing the allusion of the biblical phoenix highlights the promise of a better life after death as a reason to live.
"slid down your stomach like a black cobra...It fed in silence with an occasional sound of inner suffocation and blind searching...It had an Eye...He saw but did not see what the Eye saw" (14).
Food for thought...
How many religious symbols can you spot?
The Temtation of St-Anthony by: Grunewald
Treaty of Waitangi
Red Baraat
Religious symbols in Pop Culture
Vampire Weekend-Unbelievers
Work Cited
Rassic, Daniel, Steve Kisely, and Donald Langile. "Protective Associations of Importance of Religion and Frequency of Service Attendance with Depression Risk, Suicidal Behaviours and Substance Use in Adolescents in Nova Scotia, Canada." Journal of Affective Disorders. Journal of Affective Disorders, Aug. 2011. Web. 10 July 2015.
Schofelt, Christine, and Hector Cordon. "World Socialist Web Site." Science Fiction Writer Ray Bradbury: 1920-2012 -. International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI), 14 June 2012. Web. 10 July 2015.
Schultz, Jessica. "Pathways to Posttraumatic Growth: The Contributions of Forgiveness and Importance of Religion and Spirituality." APA PsycNET. N.p., 10 May 2010. Web. 10 July 2015.
Tearle, Oliver. "The Novel That Predicted the Facebook Wall -- 60 Years Ago." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 23 Sept. 2013. Web. 10 July 2015.


"My religion encompasses all religions. I believe in God, I believe in the universe. I believe you are god, I believe I am god; I believe the earth is god and the universe is god. We’re all god"

-Ray Bradbury


OVERVIEW
THESIS
Got a little soul
The world is a cold, cold place to be
Want a little warmth
But who’s gonna save a little warmth for me?

We know the fire awaits unbelievers
All of the sinners the same
Girl, you and I will die unbelievers
Bound to the tracks of the train

If I’m born again I know that the world will disagree
Want a little grace but who’s gonna say a little grace for me?

We know the fire awaits unbelievers
All of the sinners the same
Girl, you and I will die unbelievers
Bound to the tracks of the train

I’m not excited, but should I be?
Is this the fate that half of the world has planned for me?

I know I love you
And you love the sea
But what holy water contains a little drop, little drop for me?

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