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ENGL 101 - Essay 1 - Klein-Horsman 1 Brent Klein-Horsman...

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Klein-Horsman 1 Brent Klein-Horsman English 101 D Professor Fondse 28 September 2007 A Life Detached In the novel Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury depicts a detached society, detached in such a way that one only notices oneself, detached even in death. Death is no longer a part of life, no longer recognized as having any meaning, caused by the emptiness that life has become. No longer are there individuals, only drones that wander blindly, oblivious to everything but themselves. As described in the novel a society detached in such a way loses all substance in life and in death. Bradbury makes it very evident how detached the society is from the very beginning of the novel, “There are too many of us, he [Montag] thought. There are billions of us and that’s too many. Nobody knows anyone”(16). Society has no worries, whether concerning other countries or their own; no thoughts about war, government, or politics. Not only are they detached on a global level but on a personal level as well. “Nobody knows anyone” not their neighbors, not their friends, not even their children or spouses; they know only themselves. But why is the society in Fahrenheit 451 such a void? In the words of Martin Luther King, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” The ideas, the feelings, that truly matter have been thrown away; replaced by mesmerizing lights and hypnotic sounds. The impact of death is lacking because life itself is absent of meaning; without meaning in life there is no
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Klein-Horsman 2 meaning in death. This is the outlook of the majority of the population; the few who realize the real meaning of life are the ones who are truly alive, they understand the happiness, sadness, and glory of life and death. This isn’t just fiction from the mind of
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2008 for the course ENGL 101 taught by Professor Shiz during the Spring '08 term at Calvin.

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ENGL 101 - Essay 1 - Klein-Horsman 1 Brent Klein-Horsman...

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