Fahrenheit 451: The Hearth and the Salamander
In Fahrenheit 451, toward completion of “The Hearth and the Salamander,” Ray Bradbury includes a monologue of society and the history of firefighters stated by Captain Beatty. He talks to Montag with paradox by safeguarding equalization of society while still remaining educated, and describes making use of books as weapons while freely utilizing them that method himself. He says that the word ‘intellectual’ “ended up being a swear word (and that) it deserved to be.” (Bradbury 55) The trainees at school were learning to be anti-intellectual meaning no contemporary academic, artistic, social, religious, and other theories were found out.
In their society, there were “turning out more runners, jumpers, racers, tinkerers, grabbers, snatchers, fliers, and swimmers rather of inspectors, critics, knowers, and creative developers …” (Bradbury 55) I concur with Beatty’s view because as the quote shows, the schools cultivated anti-intellectual sentiments and the outcome of this is shown in the adults of the society also. An example of the result of being taught that in school is shown when Mildred and her good friends are talking about politics. They voted in the president election based on physical look and superficial qualities, “I laid it on the line for President Noble.
I believe he’s on of the nicest looking guys ever ended up being president.” Today, in Cypress Bay High School most topics available, if not all, are intellectual to open trainees minds and prepare for the future. This days competition is rough and the intelligent, exceptional mind people are the ones who are successful and give the society the chance to advance. In Fahrenheit 451, this kind of people rewarded in today’s society were pressured or persecuted in a way until they fall in everybody else point of view. Beatty states, “Not everyone born totally free and equivalent, as the Constitution states, however everyone made equivalent. (Bradbury 55) Some books breach this idea and Bradbury provides and describes some examples. “Colored individuals do not like Little Black Sambo. Burn it. White individuals do not feel great about Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Burn it.” (Bradbury 55) Books of bigotry are one of the numerous examples in which everybody is not equivalent because a race is judge and describe as inferior. Another example would be books about individuals of particular social status and their roles in society. Authors reveal different perspectives and not always individuals end gladly ever after nor are similarly made.