Fahrenheit 451 Conformity Vs Individuality Analysis

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Matt Rose Mr. C English 3 16 February 2011 Fahrenheit 451 The last time someone spoke out against the government was probably relatively recently. Americans today can talk about politics unreservedly. Though, centuries ago, this would have been punishable by death. There were two ways of going about this. One way would be conformity, to surrender to the government’s wishes by reserving any criticism for trifle thoughts. The other way would be individuality, to criticize the authority and be its target. This theme, conformity versus individuality, is ubiquitous not only in today’s society but in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Distraction and pleasure seeking is the trademark of the culture in which Montag lives in. Even though these…show more content…
A really great example of good conformity is at Kennedy. The Green Team at Kennedy it trying to get people to recycle and not use plastic bottles. People have begun to follow what the Green Team is doing and use reusable water containers instead of plastic water bottles. Not only is it a good conformity but it also is saving the earth. Bad conformity can be found everywhere, especially in the media. TV shows and Advertisements depict people being perfect and beautiful looking when it’s mostly airbrushing that makes them look that way. The Youth then begin to think that’s what people should look like and they want to look like that. Knowing that they can’t look like the models in the Advertisement, the youth sometimes become depressed. The belief that Physical beauty is more important than intelligence is a very common habit throughout the world, especially in schools and as a result, people may often conform to accept values of appearances rather than focusing on the values of a persons gifts and talents. Conformity can be involuntary, so someone could not even know that they were following others. Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth (Kennedy). What this is saying is if a person conforms to others then they’re giving up their freedom to whom they’re conforming. If they do this, they cannot grow, or have their own thoughts or opinions or act on them. They remain under the direction of…show more content…
Montag chose to love by this passage near the end of the story. He learned that by following his own rules he would be the controller of the outcome in his life. Once he began to demonstrate actions that he felt were acceptable, his personality changed enormously. This story was a perfect example of what may happen when a human is told what to do, instead of having the option of doing what they truly believe they should do. According to John F. Kennedy, “Conformity is jailer of freedom and the enemy of
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