Fahrenheit 451 Lack of knowledge
4 November 2013 Paying the Price for Lack of knowledge Lethargy is worse than lack of knowledge. Reasonable lack of knowledge is very comparable to apathy, and by reading, we can rid ourselves of the desire to simply not care. Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 efforts to alert readers of the cost that includes reasonable lack of knowledge by producing an example society just like our own. This society has quit all intellectual idea and sharing of ideas. By “paying the price” characters like Mildred quit the human experience and ended up being void due to lack of independent thoughts. Characters like Clarisse pay a much greater toll: life and self-respect.
Characters like Person Montag and Granger pay the rate by being surrounded with absolutely nothings however Mildreds. In F451, society thinks that limiting education and sharing of concepts actually enhances life by leaving out bad thoughts. In Ray Bradbury’s dystopian future, every character pays the price for ignorance. Most characters, though, willingly and unknowingly do so. In the unique, life is not valued the method it ought to be; living is not meaningful any longer. In the very start of the book, Mildred tries to kill herself for, what appears like, no factor. This takes place so frequently that professionals are sent out to quickly repair the issue instead of doctors.
After the professionals do their duty to Mildred, her parlor “uncle” states “‘Well, after all, this is the age of non reusable tissue. Blow your nose on a person, wad them, flush them away, reach for another, blow, wad, flush'” (17 ). Even after the experience, Mildred is not disturbed that she stopped working in taking her own life, as if indifferent to the topic. For her, life is no various than death. Mildred’s “uncle” is correct in comparing a contemporary person to a tissue. Individuals have worth based on their thoughts, actions, and relations with individuals. If one has no ideas, real actions, or connections, their life can not deserve very much.
Mildred has as lots of independent ideas as a tissue and values her life precisely for just how much it is worth. In the exact same sense, one can not value another’s life if they can not value their own. When Guy confronts Mildred about where Clarisse McClellan has actually been, Mildred nonchalantly says she died, as if it did not matter. Mildred reveals that Clarisse’s death implies nothing to her when her thinking for net informing Montag sooner was “‘ I forgot everything about it'” (47 ). Mildred states that she wants to forget unfortunate things, but it does not seem like this occasion makes her very sad at all. Mildred’s unpredictable mind can not examine a tragedy.
It was not a surprise that Mildred did not pay heed to her death, but that she passed away with nothing to show for her life. The plethora of suicides, mentioned earlier, are no disasters considering the quality of the life being taken. Clarisse’s death was unfortunate because she lived. To Clarisse, there was a big difference between life and death since she, unlike her peers, skilled life. Similar to Clarrise’s death, the death of the random resident (who appears to take pleasure in life too; he was on a stroll at night) eliminated in location of Montag (149) suffered a comparable fate of no dignity after death.
Intellectuals like Montag, Granger, and all of the visitors who remember books pay by being surrounded by an endless amount of Mildreds. After introducing himself and showing Montag completion of the manhunt, Granger discusses, “‘ When we were different people, all we had was rage. I struck a firefighter when he came to burn my library years ago. I have actually been running since'” (150 ). Granger bridges his own experiences to Montag’s to show Montag’s future. Granger is far too wise to be bitter about his scenario.
When intellectuals have no option but to either suffer among the ignorant or outcast themselves, they are the ones who pay the most. Lack of knowledge is most certainly not a rewarding path, however neither is a life of suffering. Not one character in Bradbury’s controversial novel leaves the price of ignorance. However, the payment approaches vary from character to character. “Lack of knowledge is void” should end up being a popular stating for in the middle of ignorance, one either becomes empty or outcast. In any case, nobody wins. Ridding the world of complex, “agonizing” ideas does not decrease pain, it minimizes emotion and human experience.