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Fahrenheit 451 Oral Presentation

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Shahrose Kasim

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Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury's Why Fahrenheit 451? Bradbury is one of the greatest science fiction writers of the 20th century
He helped bring science fiction into literature
This book in particular was perhaps one of the most interesting "school-assigned" readings
It brings into question many modern questions (use of mass media, death of literature)
Today I will be analyzing a different theme : "Ignorance is Bliss"
The antagonist Beatty claims that "If you don't want a house built, hide the nails and wood" (61).

What Beatty means here, is that if people don't want society to have knowledge, then all knowledge-bearing materials must be destroyed, which in this instance, are books.
Books give people knowledge and more complications, which he claims can make people less happy.
Ignorance is bliss because every character in Fahrenheit 451 who discovers the truth is in immediate trouble, and completely loses their control on life.
Beatty Clarisse is a character who finds herself in trouble because of awareness of the truth. For example, Clarisse says "Oh, they don't miss me, I'm antisocial. I don't mix. It's so strange. I'm very social indeed" (29).

She cannot fit in with her peers because of her education, and has a hard time "socializing" at all.
A child who is incapable of making friends due to higher education is a very troubling experience for anyone.
When Montag mentions to Beatty... "Clarisse McClellan? We've a record on her family. We've watched them carefully. Heredity and environment are funny things. You can't rid yourself of all the odd ducks in just a few years" (60). Clarisse Because of Clarisse's family background, and their history, Beatty and the rest of the firemen keep a very close eye on her family. Her entire family is looked upon as social outcasts because of their lack of ignorance. Clarisse later disappears from society (said to have been run over by a car). Clarisse is separated and discriminated against, and for this, she was not even able to function in society due to her education. Clarisse (cont.) Uses of Characters to Create the Theme "Ignorance is Bliss" Mrs. Blake Mrs. Blake held in her possession an entire library of books, and the fire department is called to have them destroyed. By the time the fire department got there, and pumped kerosene all over the entire house, she refuses to leave the house.
She said "You can stop counting"(39). as the firemen continued to count and give her time to evacuate the house before burning it She wants them to stop wasting their breath and allow her to remain in the house while it was burned.
"The woman on the porch reached out with contempt to them all and struck the kitchen match against the railing" (40). The entire house is burned, with her in it. Mrs. Blake (cont.) Mrs. Blake held in her possession an entire library of books, and the fire department is called to have them destroyed. By the time the fire department got there, and pumped kerosene all over the entire house, she refuses to leave the house.
She said "You can stop counting"(39). as the firemen continued to count and give her time to evacuate the house before burning it She wants them to stop wasting their breath and allow her to remain in the house while it was burned.
"The woman on the porch reached out with contempt to them all and struck the kitchen match against the railing" (40). The entire house is burned, with her in it. Also, Faber found himself getting into several problematic situations involving his lack of ignorance.
Faber was once an English teacher, meaning that he was very highly educated, because he had the permission to educate students (74).
Faber is one who was around during the time where books were starting to be deleted from existence.
He had the knowledge, and the ability to stand up for what was right, but never did.
Faber has had to live with his guilt for several years now, just wishing he would have done something different, all because he was educated and enjoyed reading.
If Faber would have never been educated, he wouldn't waste his time worrying about the past!
During a huge fight between Beatty and Montag, Beatty says "Well-So there's more here than I thought. I saw you tilt your head, listening. First I thought you had a Seashell. But when you turned clever later, I wondered. We'll trace this and drop it on your friend" (118).
Beatty is threatening to bring harm to Faber, for being associated with Montag. He plans on taking both of them to jail, at this point.
Faber Faber (cont.) Also, Faber found himself getting into several problematic situations involving his lack of ignorance.
Faber was once an English teacher, meaning that he was very highly educated, because he had the permission to educate students (74).
Faber is one who was around during the time where books were starting to be deleted from existence.
He had the knowledge, and the ability to stand up for what was right, but never did.
Faber has had to live with his guilt for several years now, just wishing he would have done something different, all because he was educated and enjoyed reading.
If Faber would have never been educated, he wouldn't waste his time worrying about the past!
During a huge fight between Beatty and Montag, Beatty says "Well-So there's more here than I thought. I saw you tilt your head, listening. First I thought you had a Seashell. But when you turned clever later, I wondered. We'll trace this and drop it on your friend" (118).
Beatty is threatening to bring harm to Faber, for being associated with Montag. He plans on taking both of them to jail, at this point.
MONTAG! Also, Faber found himself getting into several problematic situations involving his lack of ignorance.
Faber was once an English teacher, meaning that he was very highly educated, because he had the permission to educate students (74).
Faber is one who was around during the time where books were starting to be deleted from existence.
He had the knowledge, and the ability to stand up for what was right, but never did.
Faber has had to live with his guilt for several years now, just wishing he would have done something different, all because he was educated and enjoyed reading.
If Faber would have never been educated, he wouldn't waste his time worrying about the past!
During a huge fight between Beatty and Montag, Beatty says "Well-So there's more here than I thought. I saw you tilt your head, listening. First I thought you had a Seashell. But when you turned clever later, I wondered. We'll trace this and drop it on your friend" (118).
Beatty is threatening to bring harm to Faber, for being associated with Montag. He plans on taking both of them to jail, at this point.
Is Ignorance
Really Bliss? Montag's life was most affected by the presence of books, and the deletion of all previous ignorance, because with the addition of education, Montag's life became a complete misery he wished to get out of. In this novel, Bradbury depicts a world where all knowledge and awareness are destroyed (which theoretically should create a "utopia.") Although ... in this novel we see that this theory completely fails. the reader may take this in two ways. Either that ignorance is, in fact bliss, and that awareness brings humans into a chaotic, enigmatic state....

OR that ignorance IS NOT bliss, and that we must all be educated and made aware, to avoid the type of extreme conditions that can come about.
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