“Fire represents destruction, of books, of people, of society.” (Lorcher) Burning Bright represents violence, death, ignorance yet also warmth, and love. (Weebly) “The standard use of fire to warm and heat had been replaced to be used for destruction and entertainment in this society” (DeReign) Montag’s understanding of fire and burning as destruction is completely reversed by the end of the book by warmth and renewal.
The Book Thief will give you a new view on world war 2 and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to read a challenging book. As mentioned before it all started with Liesel Meminger(was 14), her mother, and the corpse of her brother. This day would give Liesel nightmares for years, every night. Liesel's brother died of some form of disease. Her brother was berried on the way to Munich, there she stole her first book from a grave digger(Liesel didn't know how to read due to her families poorness).
Imagine you were not aloud to own any books, and the overpowering government will burn any books you have. In the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury this is the horror Guy Montag faces, firemen are forced to start fires rather than put them out. In the end, Guy Montag goes against the government and runs away to freedom. “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. is a short story about another overpowering government that makes everyone equal in every way. Everyone is just as fast, strong, and smart, and to do this the government gives everyone handicaps that make them equal.
Captain Beatty kept nagging Montag about why books were so important and why he wanted to have a stack so bad. Montag, getting mad, flips the switch on his flame thrower and ends up burning Beatty. Once Montag was gone from the city, he tried to be a better person and escape the man he used to be. Montag, at the end, does believe he is a better character and believes he is very different than what he used to be.
Said best by Joseph Campbell, “It is by going down into the abyss that we recover the treasures of life. Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.” Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 closely relates to this quote in the sense that Guy Montag stumbles upon a woman who treasures her books more than life itself, literally. After several years of working as a firefighter in this dystopian society, he runs into Clarisse who then questions his happiness. Confused and angered he begins to wonder why she would ask him such a question.
In the first four pages of Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury uses figurative language to describe how Montag lives jocundly ignorant about his superficial society, when in reality he is destroying it. Bradbury begins by describing Montag as someone who enjoys destruction with his “fiery smile” (Bradbury 4) alike most citizens in this futuristic society similar to current society, for “It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed” (Bradbury 2). Blackened and changed is a metaphor for the process in which firemen burn knowledge out of society, something Montag believes is right and takes part in. He thinks that burning is a beautiful thing to do, and that his hands are “the hands of some amazing conductor playing
Fahrenheit 451, originally a novel, depicts the time of censorship and large industrial development. In this futuristic American society, firefighters burnt books rather than extinguishing fires. The government banned books and depicted them to be useless, offensive and more severely, mind ruining. Moreover, the libraries disappeared and teachers did not teach students to think but rather to memorize and follow instructions. The protagonist, Guy Montag, who undoubtedly worked as a fire fighter later saw through the government’s suppression after talking with an unusual woman, Clarisse.
Ray Bradbury states in his novel Fahrenheit 451, that Montag is a fireman. He burns any books seen around in his community. He hates to see anybody using books. Montag eventually stopped burning books .He realized that burning books was wrong and immoral.
In the Fahrenheit 451 society, a totalitarian government rules with an iron fist, conforming everyone to be oblivious to their surroundings and do everything the government asks without question. Firefighters burn books because citizens are forbidden to read because it might stir intellectual thinking. Since thinking will cause rebellious uproars against the government, the government does everything it can to prevent it. Ray Bradbury lambastes conformity since it can lead to the loss of individuality. He utilizes Clarisse, technology, and an emotionally dead society to stress his position.
However, Faber teaches Montag that books have quality in them and that people need to sit down once in a while and think. To make people learn more about this, they decide to come up with a plan. It involves putting books into firemen’s homes so that they would get burnt along with all the firehouses. If there are no firemen or firehouses, books will no longer be burnt. Montag and Faber are showing leadership quality because they are coming up with a plan to make a difference in the world.
Fahrenheit Book Burner In the book Fahrenheit 451 firemen burn houses instead of putting fires out ,and the author Rad Bradbury includes how technology is “Taking over the Economy”. Firemen are the policemen of the future world ,and some humans have made mistakes by hiding books. The author reveals throughout the novel how montag goes through transformation and how he changes.
Their names lept into the fire, burning down the years under the axe and hose which sprayed not water but kerosene” (Bradbury page 31) The statement made in the book explains, how Montag felt about burning books and how he felt he was ruining what was once a good world. Guy had found many flaws in the utopian system starting with the way people had used their time while those who did not spend it consumed with a fake world were often seen as strange and peculiar rather than just normal everyday people. Death was normal to the people living in this world which is rather alarming and shows the darkness that underlies in the depressed society, “Six of my friends have been shot in the last year alone. Ten of them died in car wrecks…” (Pg.27)
First in Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury shows us a dystopian society where fireman instead of putting out fires they start fires. Second we are shown a new character named Guy Montag who is different from all of the other fireman. Third in F451 instead of reading books firemen burn books with the exception of comic books but Montag the main character of the story does something other fireman do not do he keeps books. Also in F451 Bradbury mentions some future technology that we could have 50 years from now including giant wall tv’s,mechanical hounds,and flamethrowers. Finally in F451, Bradburry shows us a dystopian society where fireman instead of putting out fires they start fires which is not what our world is like today.
Censorship of literature has always been a powerful means of manipulating society by limiting what the people are exposed to. This has been used as a way to suppress free thinking and new ideas, that could cause a shift in power in the society. The censorship of literature has been used by the powerful members of society forever, because of this societies fear the idea of their governments hiding information from the public. In Americus, a small town in Oklahoma is divided over a new teenager book series that some feel the series should be banned from the library. In contrast in Fahrenheit 451, a curious fireman indulges in a banded book, which enlightens him to a new outlook on life.
“Did you know that once billboards were only twenty feet long? But cars started rushing by so quickly they had to stretch the advertising out so it would last” (pg.7, ch.1 The Hearth And The Salamander). I find this quote significant because it perfectly explains the lives of the people in this novel. Moving fast, not paying attention and for what? To die in a car crash at only 17?