Fahrenheit 451 Essay

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a novel that represents transcendentalism very well throughout the whole novel. Clarisse expresses free thought when she explains to Montag the things that go on in her mind and what she thinks about, multiple characters are examples of nonconformity because they have different views than the rest of their society, and Guy Montag shows individualism by knowing something is wrong and doing what has to be done on his own. Transcendentalism was created in the mid-19th by people who wanted to get more out of life than they did every day, they believed that the truth existed through intuition, beyond experience, reason, and established religious doctrines. Transcendentalists believe that God is in nature and that we are all a part of nature. In their minds, nature is a big part of our lives that most people take for granted. They also believe that we are connected together and a part of something called “The Oversoul.” They are strong believers in speaking out against something they know is wrong, and they go against society because they want a utopian one. These people are focused on themselves and are individuals. Clarisse could be considered a transcendentalist because of the way she thinks and the questions she asks. She focused on other things like nature that the rest of her society took for granted. "I sometimes think drivers don’t know what grass is, or flowers, because they never see them slowly." (Bradbury 13). This quote is an example of how Clarisse thinks about other things rather than just going along with everything. She knew that there was something wrong and that people weren’t truly happy. “Are you happy?” (Bradbury 14). Some of the characters in the novel expressed nonconformity. One of them was Clarisse; she had a different way of viewing life and a different mindset than everyone else. She also wasn’t too
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