Lean Evander D. Batiancila
Ms. Marie Rose Arong
Comm 1 TFr: 9:00-10:30
October 5, 2010
Books: A Powerful Tool for Knowledge
Nowadays, books have become a very essential tool especially for us students. We use them as reference for research purposes and some read it to spend leisure time. As we flip each leaf of the book, we can see the hard works of the one who wrote everything on it just to make a single compendium. In connection to the novel Fahrenheit 451, it is very noticeable that books were burned. From this situation, why did the main character pursue in burning books? What could be the reason why he chose to burn a very essential tool? What made him do such thing?
The title Fahrenheit 451 represents the temperature at which paper burns. The novel depicts the future of a state where technology, specifically television dominates culture and norms. Books were banned. It was not totally specified and described a kind of state that is totalitarian. Instead, the novel focused on developing an idea relating and involving the mental process of abstract thinking rather than emotions. The novel contradicts and argues that we, as human beings must be given the right to think and to explore freely the world of ideas.
Technology leads to a culture where people only understand how things are done, and never wonder why these things were done. People have been discouraged to develop their best potential in life because they are contented on the ideas they have even in the first place they have still a chance to nourish well their knowledge and the result, a society which is fanatical such us firemen burn books, like Montag and his captain, Beatty.
I can really say that modern technology had advantage and disadvantage. This is only one of example of technology’s disadvantage. Inspite of its positive effects, negative effects also skyrockets.
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