Biblical Themes The novel Fahrenheit 451, written by Ray Bradbury is a dystopian science fiction. The main character, Guy Montag begins as a firefighter who ignites fires rather than extinguishing them. A corrupt government and society uses its citizens to destroy the past. By burning books and promoting technology and propaganda, citizens become numb to reality. Bradbury gives Montag pieces of Bible verses to help him understand the meaning of life and hope to move forward. As Montag is on a job, he secretly takes a Bible before it is burned. He does not understand what it is, but as he reads it, he realizes the importance of the book for himself and for the society he hopes to rebuild. The first time Montag reads the Bible and tries to understand it is on the train. He takes it out in public and randomly turns to Matthew 6:25-33. As he tries to memorize and retain the Bible, it simply falls out of his memory like sand in a sieve. The …show more content…
He regretfully says he only has Ecclesiastes in his head. To his surprise the professors are excited about it and say that is where they keep their books also. Granger says, "Better to keep it in the old heads, where no one can see it or suspect it" (Bradbury 145). The men all around the world have formed a library. The passage Montag recalls later is Ecclesiastes 3. It says "For everything there is a season... a time to break down, and a time to build up... a time to keep silence, and a time to speak" (Ecclesiastes 3). This describes Montag's life in a way. He used to burn books at Beatty's command without objection, but as his urge to gain knowledge grew stronger, he betrayed the firemen to build his collection. At the beginning of his life in the novel, he is breaking down the collection of books, but later he is building the collection and will hopefully use books to help rebuild the societies that are ruined physically and
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, is a uniquely shocking and provocative novel about a dystopian society set in a future where reading is outlawed, thinking is considered a sin, technology is at its prime, and human interaction is scarce. Through his main protagonist, Guy Montag, Bradbury brings attention to the dangers of a controlled society, and the problems that can arise from censorship. As a fireman, it is Guy's job to destroy books, and start fires rather than put them out. After meeting a series of unusual characters, a spark is ignited in Montag and he develops a desire for knowledge and a want to protect the books. Bradbury's novel teaches its readers how too much censorship and control can lead to further damage and the repetition of history’s mistakes through the use of symbolism, imagery, and motif.
Hwan Seong Pak Kelli Karg Grade 9 English 17/12/14 Title: Subtitle Fahrenheit 451 written by Ray Bradbury was published in 1953. The novel depicts a future society where books are devalued and firemen burn books. It is one of the representative dystopian fictions.
In this part of the book, all of the firemen including Montag received a call to burn a house with the books in there. Here became the turning point for Montag as he saw the woman, who already had made her decision to die rather than live in a world of oppression and restricted freedom of thought which books symbolize in this part, burns with the illegal books in the burning house, refusing to go out without the assurance of the safety of the books. We can suppose that his perception is gradually changing through the phrase showing that Montag felt a huge guilt over this, unlike the other firemen or Beatty. Furthermore, during the conversation with his wife, Mildred, Montag says, “We burn a thousand books. We burnt a woman.
In Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, Montag, the protagonist and book burner, battles between the light and dark sides of society, first with Beatty, his boss, and the government and then with Clarisse, a neighbor girl and Faber, an English professor. Montag is stuck in the dark burning books and is ignorant to the world around him. He moves towards greater awareness when he meets Clarisse and is awakened to the wonders of deep thought and books. Finally, he risks his life by trying to save the books.
When Montag reveals his hidden books to Mildred, she does not take time to understand them. “‘It doesn’t mean anything!’” (Bradbury 65). She, instead, worries about how it might affect her image if they are found out. “He could hear her breathing rapidly and her face paled out and her eyes were fastened wide” (Bradbury 63).
“Read these quotes and fall in love again with the Word of God.” This quote was stated by https://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com to give a sense of how the bible can reflect one's emotions of life and God into a happy form. When Montag reads this book he not only understands what is being stated in the book, he also enjoys it. Montag becomes hungry for more words, sentences, paragraphs, and life. Reading the words of God gives Montag the realization of how harsh the world is without these books present.
If anything should happen to Harris, you are the Book of Ecclesiastes. See how important you’ve become in the last minute!”(pg 144). This shows that Montag has changed and that he wasn’t like everyone else, but he was his own person. He is the Book of Ecclesiastes and that everyone else in his past society is not like him
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, is a classic novel that challenges authority through self-discovery and growth. The main character Guy Montag is a dedicated fireman. He enjoys his job, watching pages of books become nothing more than burnt ash. He has never questioned anything before, nor has he had a reason to. That is, until he encounters three important individuals that seem to influence a change in Montag and ultimately change his world.
This is until the day he meets Clarisse, who looks at the world in a different way than anyone else. Then, shortly after, he has to burn down a house full of books and burn the woman inside also because she refuses to leave. This causes Montag to realize that books should not be burned and have great significance in the world. He then shows his wife the abundance of books that he has collected from his job, and his wife, Mildred, becomes concerned. This later causes her to make up lies to cover the fact that Montag is breaking the law of owning books.
In part 3 of the novel Montag becomes an independent thinker. With an effort, Montag reminded himself again that this was no fictional episode to be watched on his run to the river:Citation: ( Bradbury 138) Part of Montag 's transformative epiphany has to do with finally accepting reality. He is forced to face the world as it truly exists. He really doesn’t know what 's truly going on but he’s trying to figure it out.
Significant References in Fahrenheit 451 As Dave Attell once said, “You know, men and women are a lot alike in certain situations. Like when they’re both on fire-they’re exactly alike.” Attell’s quote ties in perfectly with Fahrenheit 451 regarding the novel’s futuristic society. The government’s goal is to make everyone equal and create overall happiness by making books illegal and disposing of all the remaining books through the rise of fire.
In a conversation with Granger and fellow book preservationists, Montag believes that he has nothing to contribute to their noble effort, but soon is guided by Granger to realize that memorizing Ecclesiastes is a significant contribution. In fact, Granger congratulates Montag on “how important you’ve become in the last minute” to the larger goal of saving the world’s most important writings. Simply by doing his part, even if it was relatively small, Montag has found a very important purpose within a larger group of
Montag internally conflicts with himself as he gradually begins to consider what books truly have to offer. For instance, “A book alighted, almost obediently, like a white pigeon, in his hands, wings fluttering. In the dim, wavering light, a page hung open… Montag had only an instant to read a line, but it blazed in his mind for the next minute as if stamped there with fiery steel… Montag's hand closed like a mouth, crushed the book with wild devotion, with an insanity of mindlessness to his chest.”
This relates to the topic of censorship by tying to the book as a whole to burning which represents censorship. By burning books we are censoring our information and this leads to us becoming desensitized and possibly violent. Second he uses allegories. In this moment montag is attempting to memorize a book he has kept because he is going to turn it in to captain Beatty. “Once as a child he had sat upon a yellow dune by the sea in the middle of the blue and hot summer day, trying to fill a sieve with sand,because some cruel cousin had said, “Fill this sieve and you’ll get a dime!”