A Book Is A Loaded Gun In Fahrenheit 451

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“A book is a loaded gun”(58). This is evident in Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451. The story occurs in a dystopian future where the jobs of firemen are reversed from the current time, their job is to burn books and with the knowledge. Guy Montag is a fireman, who after a book owner stayed in a burning building decided that he would begin to read the books that he had been stealing from fires. This leads Montag to know more and learn and most importantly begin to question society. At this point Montag has realizations that the government wishes to constrict and censor his thought, he acts out. Throughout the novel, Bradbury displays the idea that when an overarching force sensors and controls one's thoughts they rebel. Montag has a flaw that he works on throughout the story, he is naive to his communities actions around him. He never thought for himself, when choosing a profession he knew what he had to be since he was a child, “Was I given a choice? My grandfather and father were firemen. In my …show more content…

After the city that they lived in gets destroyed they talk about what they are going to do in the coming time and now that Montag is aware of what happens he is able to tell others,“We're going to meet a lot of lonely people in the next week and the next month and the next year. And when they ask us what we're doing, you can say, We're remembering. That's where we'll win out in the long run” (157). The two words “We’re remembering” convey the idea that all they are the ones that know, they know exactly what the government does to cities that get out of their control. This shows how Montag is no longer naive and he now fully realizes to the full extent of what the government is doing and now is given the opportunity to revolt against them. Montag is now fully aware of the government's actions to censor and hide the truth away from

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