Cost Of Freedom In Fahrenheit 451

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Do you consider your life full of freedom? Does it seem lacking… or full of them? However as you listen to this “boring” or “interesting” speech you have many choices. Whether this choice or that choice, just realize there is a choice. Perhaps you took this for granted and overlooked it. Freedom is defined as having the power or right to speak, think, or act as one wants without hindrance or restraint. There are many examples of freedom being fought for or in other words demanded. From the ancient Egyptian slaves to the modern day rights of women in Muslim controlled countries, there has always been the demand for freedom. Even our dear old country America has had it’s share of wars for freedom with the Revolutionary war to the Civil war.…show more content…
Now obviously this was given to all humans for humans all have consciousness. While this all very well may be true, what is this freedom of thought useful for if you cannot act upon said thought? With the novel Fahrenheit 451, Faber informs Montag that, “I’m one of the innocents who could have spoken up and out when no one would listen to the guilty[...] finally they set the structure to burn the books, using the firemen, I grunted a few times for there were no others grunting or yelling with me”(Bradbury,110). Now Faber demonstrated his freedom to think, but could not act for the freedom was not there to him or more specifically the freedom from fear and oppression. Faber was scared of the punishments and could have defended those innocents, but waited for someone to start defending instead. He couldn’t defend anyone because he was scared so this is not a demonstration of given freedom. What is the point of being able to think without taking action? Faber was not experiencing freedom because he couldn’t voice his opinions nor could he demand that those claimed guilty were actually innocent. This is not freedom and because he was never given the chance to act without consequence which is why it must be

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