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In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Montag is given the choice to memorize many books He is also given the choice to learn many different pieces from the Bible Ecclesiastes is a great choice for Montag to memorize There are many different bits of information from Ecclesiastes that are very similar to the several details and events that occur in Fahrenheit 451 Ecclesiastes talks about vanity in mans private life vanity in civil life and also true wisdom All of these are heavily cited in the book This is why I feel that Montag should have memorized Ecclesiastes Vanity in mans private life was a major theme in the book Just look at how Mildred complained about not having a fourth TV wall She wanted all four walls to have TVs so that not only would her family be complete but also so that they could join the ranks of the higher society This is a major example of how vain Mildred is She wants Montag to go to work when he was sick because she wants the money to go out and buy another TV She wants to be completely absorbed by her family Since Montag has experience in this part of life he can relate his experiences and integrate what he knows to what he has memorized from EcclesiastesVanity in civil life is another big theme in Fahrenheit 451 In Ecclesiastes it states Vain and cheerless is life because of the iniquity which reigns in the halls of justice iii 16-22 as well as in the intercourse of men iv 1-3 The people have guilt for what they do especially when it is something that is against the law In the book Montag feels guilty for saving some of the books and keeping them at his home He also feels guilty being around Beatty Montag feels like he is deceiving Beatty and his fellow firemen He knows that he is at some fault
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