On known is nothing but a contrived and

On page 70 of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag angrily proclaims to a disenchanted and reality detached Mildred that widespread literature and reading would “…maybe the books would get us half out the cave.”. In other words, this quote represents Montags belief that books would allow people to fall out of the state of arguable brainlessness the inhabitants of the Fahrenheit 451 Universe perpetually find themselves. The use of the word cave alludes to Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. In this thought construct, the Ancient Greek Philosopher Plato describes a collection of prisoners who have been  chained to a cave wall for their entire lives, being capable of doing nothing expect stare at the cave wall in front of them. The prisoner watches the projected shadows of people and objects on a raised walkway behind the prisoners, where a fire burns behind said walkway. The prisoners also assign names to the sight and sounds of these distorted shadows. These images and sound are the only reality the prisoner will ever know. For this reason, the prisoners do not want to leave their abode, as they know nothing else outside the confines of the cave. However, Plato’s thought-experiment takes a turn once the prisoner is released. Quickly, the prisoner realizes that the reality he has experienced all his life was an artificial and false construct.. When the prisoner overcomes the blinding sensation of natural sunlight, he quickly realizes that his entire life was a lie and runs back to the cave to detail his experience, however he too becomes an unrecognizable shadow emitting nothing but skewed and distorted echoes. However, the objects found within the Allegory of the Cave’s also correlate with real world constructs and abstracts. The cave connotes the world and the prisoners connote those that live in the aforementioned “world”; the only thing they have known since birth. The chains that inhibit the prisoners movement are a direct iteration of censorship, ignorance, and/or censorship-induced ignorance. The shadows on the cave wall represent what the people are see and hear.. Finally, the freed prisoner represents those in society who see the truth of the  physical world, and that the world they have previously known is nothing but a contrived and artificial construct.