ARTIFACT: The Cloud: Charles coonz My thoughts now live in the cloud, My moments, wishes and hopes, Opinions, preferences, scopes Our loved ones live in the cloud, Their Voices are screaming out loud, “We hope you all make us proud”. Our Selves now live in the cloud. The future, present and past, A shadow we eagerly cast. The things we have renounced, So hard to claim it back There’s more than meets the eye, The Cloud is just a lie. PARAGRAPH: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury continues to convey the theme that literature and knowledge create a advanced and thriving society, which is expressed likewise in a poem titled “The Cloud” by Charles Coonz. The book and the artifact both show frustration because of a new realization that the world is corrupting everyone. They can finally see it for what is and what author/character wish it could be. The author/character express how they live in a world and have these ideas that the world is right but it is soon realized that it’s a lie. In Fahrenheit 451 Montag meets Faber a retired English professor, Montag insists that Faber teach him and share the world of books with him because he can’t find anyone else who understands where he’s coming from. Montag expresses his frustration by crying out “Nobody listens anymore…...all I want is for you to teach me to understand what I am reading”.78 Montag is beside himself because he just realized that everything is a lie. However he is the only person who understands this and it angers him beyond words because suddenly he sees the world for what it could and should be and how terrible it is right now. In “The Cloud” the author writes “The things we have renounced, so hard to claim it back”. The word “renounced” creates a negative connotation making it seem as though we have kicked something out or something has been taken from us. The word makes it seem as if we were wronged, someone stole from us. Such as in Fahrenheit 451 their books and their knowledge were stolen from them and they were forced to forget they ever needed it. It reinforces the idea that they need what was taken for them and their world without it is proof. Another example of the common theme is a poem within Fahrenheit 451 which reads “The Sea of Faith was once, too, at the full, and round earth's shore…..but now I only hear its melancholy”. 96 It uses the word “melancholy” meaning a feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious cause, which, is the very definition of the society they live in and the message the author is trying to get across. A similar line in “The Cloud” reads “Our Selves now live in the cloud. The future, present and past, A shadow we eagerly cast.” Meaning we live under a cloud built by those in charge and we eagerly continue to cast the shadow the cloud creates to please them. However, “shadow” another negatively connotated word means to create a sad picture. We cast the shadow eagerly because we are blinded, we don’t have the knowledge so we live in a sad world not knowing what we are missing. Fahrenheit 451 and “The Cloud” create dreary moods to show what a world without knowledge and literature would be like. The word choice and symbolism the authors used within the book and poem help reader realize the theme that literature and knowledge create a advanced and thriving society. Without them we are hopeless.