The Power Of Knowledge In Fahrenheit 451

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The Power Of Knowledge People can rely on literacy and social awareness to help them be better aware and more thoughtful. But when people have neither of these skills it can harm the view they have of their surroundings. Fahrenheit 451 is an example of what would happen if social awareness and literacy were looked down on. In the society where the story takes place in not many are socially aware or can read. This lack of awareness and literacy drives people to take great lengths for their beliefs and wants, this is a problem because they don't think about the consequences their actions will have. In the novel, Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury shows that literacy and social awareness are important for society through the use of characterization…show more content…
During this visit, both men have a conversation in which Beatty shows knowledge and awareness of his surroundings. He does this by telling Montag what happened to the society that caused it to be as censored as it is. He proves this when he says “There you have it, Montag. It didn't come from the government down. There was no dictum, no declaration, no censorship, to start with, no! Technology, mass exploitation, and minority pressure carried the trick, thank god,” (pg 54-55). Beatty must have been aware to know this, whether he pieced the information together himself or had a discussion with someone to find out, it takes awareness to reach out and find out. Now Montag, by pursuing literacy, was lead to communicating with someone who knew more than him. Since Montag’s awareness lead to his goal of becoming more literate, he now knows the truth. Another thing that is now known is that everyone in the society is isolated because they don't talk, learn and much less see or want to face the reality of things. Whether it is one or more of those reasons, it can be seen how this society doesn't have much to it or have any new things coming out of it because no one is contributing in a helpful way. If only they took into account what was wrong, like Montag did, they could face the problem of isolation and put a stop to it. With this barrier gone, the people will be able to communicate more, and maybe they wouldn't feel as…show more content…
This can also be true about Granger. He knew about others like him, he joined them and can now be around others like him who share a similar interest in reading and knowledge. Granger shares what he knows about others who are aware when he tells Montag that there are “Thousands on the roads, abandoned rail tracks, tonight, bums on the outside libraries on the inside,” (pg 146). He is referring to people who have hidden knowledge “inside them” and are seen as outcasts. These people found a way to keep suspicion low about them and get away with what is considered illegal by having books memorized and hidden in their minds. They are contributing to something much bigger than if they were alone, and this contribution will help people in the future. Working together also helped them all learn more and be more aware of what is going on. Montag is told much more about these people. One key detail he is told is that these people came together to come up with solutions to improve the society's condition. Granger starts by saying “Then, over a period of twenty years or so, we met each other, traveling, and got the loose network together and set out a plan,”(pg 146). He goes on to say they want to start by bringing back literacy to the society when the society is ready. Since they are in groups, planning and accomplishing this will be much easier because they can help each

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