Winter Term 11 March
ESL Literary Studies
From Death to Life
“Death is not the worst thing, the worst thing is living like a dead person.” In ancient Rome, when a person felt that his/her honor was somehow compromised, suicide was an acceptable and dutiful way to preserve his/her dignity. Gandhi died to protect his nonviolent protest. Nelson Mandela decided to give up the chance of retaliation his people had been waiting for hundreds of years and to build peace between two nations. When people are making this kind of decision, they give new meaning to their lives, they reborn. In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury uses vivid characters to describe ways that people live in Fahrenheit 451 society. Most of the citizens are dead because the control of government; they cannot feel anything real, “people ate shadows for breakfast and steam for lunch and vapors for supper” (140). However, there still are minorities live in this sick society who are not controlled by government, they choose to live the lives they prefer, and then they become alive. Bradbury is trying to tell every single reader that in order to be a person who truly lives in this world, a person has to care about his own life as well as others’, protect his/her dreams with courage, and make a valuable and lasting contribution.
Ray Bradbury wants people to know that if they want to be lively, they will need to observe the tiny details in their daily lives that will make they love their lives more. Clarisse McClellan is a typical example, she always opens her eyes to find the beauty surround her. When she first meets Montag: “Her face was slender and milk-white, and it was a kind of gentle hunger that touched over everything with tireless curiosity” (5). She loves nature, and she enjoys every tiny moment of her life, whenever Montag sees her, she always touches his life by asking simple questions like “Do you ever read...