Ali 1 Rayan Ali Mr. Russow English III March 7, 2019 Research Paper Cassius turns on the TV and sits back down. A commercial starts up. MAN ON TV (V.O.) Everyone is talking about the Worryfree solution! Worryfree is the revolutionary new business and lifestyle model taking the world by storm! DETROIT (O.S.) What are they paying you? Cassius is transfixed on the TV. MAN ON TV (V.O.) When you sign a Worryfree contract, you’re guaranteed employment AND housing for life! Stop worrying, get Worryfree! The Worryfree living quarters are state of the art , TV shows a chic looking room with 6 bunk beds, like a prison done up by a hip interior decorator. The excerpt above reigns from the Independent Spirit Award winning film directed by Boots Riley, Sorry To Bother You. Currently in the film the protagonist Cassius “Cash” Green is living in his Uncle’s garage and finally landed a job. However, he’s struggling to pay rent, therefore he gets “transfixed” to the idea of Worryfree living. A world in which he would not have to worry about having enough to eat or not being able to keep up with his rent, everything would be provided; he would even receive a job for which he would have to work at for eight hours everyday, however, he would never be allowed to leave the Worryfree facility ever again and he would be excluded from outside world. This may not seem like the worst option for some, but in reality it is nothing but one of history’s cruelest traditions repeating itself in another form,
Ali 2 slavery, or in another sense, ignorant living. We can see ignorance portrayed as a negative way of living in many other films and other works of arts such as the novel “Fahrenheit 451” by widely recognized author Ray Bradbury. The ideology of willful ignorance has also been explored extensively by psychologists attempting to uncover the truth behind the benefits and detriments of living unaware to the negatives around one’s self. Through the characterization of Captain Beatty, “Fahrenheit 451” shows that ignorance creates a false reality and blinds one from the truth, ultimately making life meaningless.
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- Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury, Captain Beatty