Critical lens, Farenheit 451 and A Long way Gone

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Evelin Gilbert


English 10 H/ Pre-AP

28, September 2014

Critical Lens essay

It has been said that "In a dark time , the eye begins to see"…(Theodore Roethke) In other words this quote is interpreted as when one is at their lowest, one starts to begin to realize things you've never realized before. This idea is true, as it can be seen in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and A long Way Gone by Ishmael Baeh. In Fahrenheit 451, Montag who is the protagonist, has his sight darkened by society. Clarisse is the one responsible for showing Montag the light and leading him to a new way of thinking. Her free will mentality made Montag question his self, what was he doing and why? In A Long Way Gone, one understand truly that a dark time is when one is blind to the occurrences happening around you, such was in Ishmael's case.

He was oblivious to the oncoming war that was raging around him, so when the rebels came to pillage and plunder his eyes were truly opened to what was happening around him. In both novels, the authors use a variety of literary techniques to help develop the plot of both novels. One literary technique is the used is irony. It is used to illustrate the possibilities of what was expected to happen but didn't come to. Another literary technique is the use of conflict to help illustrate the struggles of the protagonist in each novel.

Fahrenheit 451 is set in a time in relation to the distant future where the protagonist, Guy Montag, is characterized as an average Joe who later becomes a warring patriot for books. Montag's internal conflict comes about in the encounter between his self and his neighbor Clarisse. Her free will...