Fahrenheit 451 Essay

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Rebecca Eileen Ms. Scott English 10 Honors 28 September 2012 Individuality and Conformity There lies a common misconception in the world. This misconception states that every being is unique in at least one way or another. There cannot possibly be two people in which identical traits can be found; appearance, genetic makeup, style, opinions, and hobbies are all similar in some way or another. The only aspect that humans hold that can truly be considered identical is genetic makeup. No two beings in the entire universe have exactly the same DNA. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people wear the same clothes made from the same fabrics, use the same cleaners made from the same factories, make the same decisions, read the same books, listen to the same music, eat the same food; the list is endless. In Fahrenheit 451, the society in which protagonist Guy Montag lives has been highly conformed. It is so conformed, in fact, that “gentlemen, drunk, come home late at night, unlock the wrong door, enter the wrong room, and bed a stranger and get up early to go to work and neither of them the wiser” (Bradbury 42). This statement had been, most likely, intended to convey the emptiness of the inhabitants of the Great City were, but it can also be construed to display how identical everybody is. It is no longer important to act or look different. There are no individuals allowed in Bradbury’s society. In Fahrenheit 451, it is difficult for a person to sit down and attempt to find a valid source of individuality right away, but extraordinarily simple to find conformity. If a person were to look hard enough, he or she would determine that there is simply no aspect of life in which two people are purely, unequivocally, undoubtedly individual. There is only true rarity in the arts. It is exceedingly rare for an artist or writer to sit down and, direct from his or her mind, pluck

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