The article, “US Soldiers & Wikileaks Come Together & Tell the Truth About What’s Really Happening in the Middle East” and the book Fahrenheit 451 both include the dystopian element of restricted thought and creates the idea that being educated leads to conflicting ideas that can bring others out of ignorance. When Mildred’s friend talks about that it’ll never be her husband that dies in war and their opinions of politics based on appearances Montag is enraged. He tells Faber how angry he is saying, “hear these monsters talking about monsters” (94) Montag is educated and he knows about what’s really going on in the war and his wife’s friend is completely blindsided. She has no feelings towards it but thinking it’ll happen to someone else. Montag then tries to shine the light on what’s really happened and how wrong it is she doesn’t care about her husband dying. He takes her glasses of ignorance off and it makes her furious but, no longer ignorant. In the article it states, “They say Muslims are terrorists, but it just so happens that terrorists are Made in America.” It is very similar to what Montag is saying because America is the monster talking about monsters, the terrorists. We are the monsters because terrorists are made in America and not where we claim them to be created. This statement from the article educates us on a perspective of an ex-government worker. This claim has opened our eyes to see past our stereotypical judgements of the Middle East. Later in the book when Montag feels discouraged Faber tells him how sharing his ideas with others made him learn by being corrected. He says, “If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you.” (100) Faber is saying that to be no longer ignorant you need to see things differently from other people. If you go around expressing your ideas then people will share their different ones. This was you know multiple perspectives instead of one and learn in a greater depth. In the article the topic of what is actually being commanded of the soldiers is discussed. Everyone just listens and follows through where the author suggests soldiers changing their mentalities. It continues to says change will happen when more soldiers “wake up to the truth.” This belief is an idea that Faber agrees with. The soldiers need to learn what is going on from the other people around them. If they listen and are aware they can educate themselves and take a stand instead of being ignorant and doing what they are told. Both authors of the book and article are suggesting that if no one will break the ignorance by learning from the past then society will drown in ignorance and never know the truth.
The picture from The Economic Times and the story Fahrenheit 410 both include the dystopian element of restricted thought and creates the idea that being educated leads to conflicting beliefs which will cause change and people fear change. In the picture there is a cat that is bravely facing the aggressive dog. The cat being educated about the leash now understands that he doesn’t have to avoid the dog; he can walk straight up to the dog without danger. The action is a change in the cats decisions because of the knowledge he applied. Instead of acknowledging the other view of the situation people often are too nervous to look. In the book when Clarisse and Guy meet she tells him she’s not afraid of him while most people would be. She then goes to explain that he’s “just a man, after all.” (5) Clarisse views him from a different perspective based on her thoughts. She has a conflicting view from everyone else and it makes people uncomfortable. Guy continues to talk to Clarisse and starts changing his perspective, becoming a minority in society. When he witnesses a woman burning herself with her books he is changed. He strengthens his thoughts and realizes the importance of books and feels awful about the situation. When he expresses this Mildred says, “She was simpleminded.” (48) “Simpleminded” means lacking intelligence. Mildred views the woman as stupid because she agrees with everyone else about books. Guy saw the importance of the education and his new perspective and wants change. In the picture you could also view the dog as not mean but poorly treated. One could assume that the dog is trapped and barking for help rather than at the cat. However since this is an advertisement the agency wants you to assume what everyone else thinks. If you know more about dogs behaviors then it might be a different picture to you. That is an example of how the idea of different beliefs connects to modern society. Everyone is still stuck in the loop of settling for the majority’s standards for knowledge. People still are scared of different perspectives and don’t want to face change. Bradbury is warning our society that if people don’t gain new knowledge and understand perspectives then everyone will become brainwashed.