Philosophical Views of Fahrenheit 451

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Taylor Richardson The Philosophical Views of Fahrenheit 451 Fahrenheit 451 is a novel written by Ray Bradbury. The novel itself is not a Philosophical novel, on the contrary there are hints of philosophy within the book, within Bradbury's mind, and within the minds of people reading the book. "When he who hears does not know what he who speaks means, and when he who speaks does not know what he himself means, that is philosophy" -Voltaire (1694-1778.) I was actually quote hunting for facebook the other day when I ran into this quote. I stopped to ponder for a bit. I had to read the quote again and re-read it one more time before I could think about what it really meant, if it had only one meaning or maybe more, if it's a metaphorical term or maybe meant to be taken literally. I then automatically thought of the story Fahrenheit 451. I was to read this novel for an assignment in Philosophy, I read the entire book in a few days, but just because I read through the book page by page did not mean I comprehended what Bradbury was saying; just as when I read this quote by Voltaire, which I had to read and re-read again to start to comprehend what it meant. After all of that I still don't know if I have a full understanding, but I have my own view on the quote, as does everyone else, which is different from mine, and one another, that to me is, Philosophy. Although the novel was hard for me to understand, the symbolism that Bradbury used is what stuck out to me and made me think about the philosophy within the book, within my mind, and within Bradbury's mind. Bradbury’s use of symbolism throughout the book is moving and powerful and reinforces his ideas . Books are burned physically and “ideas are burned from the mind.” Bradbury warns us about what happens when we stop expressing our ideas, and we permit people to take away our books. Ideas
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