Can you imagine not being able to read your favorite book? Well, in a book named Fahrenheit 451 that’s how it is. This book was written by a man named Ray Bradbury with a theme that is developed through the story’s characters and their impact on the protagonist. The main character of this story is Montag, and the characters that influence Montag are his neighbor named Clarisse, his fire chief Captain Beatty, and a retired college professor named Faber. To begin, the character named Clarisse wasn’t like any sixteen year old girl, she actually thought about stuff and to wanted to know why certain things would happen.
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) Clarisse was a friend of Montag 's and was scared of how people are dying and did not want to be killed or become one of the ones killed. Technology is used as an antidepressant rather than just
Fahrenheit 451 is a very interesting book for me to read. There are, sadly, many similarities from this book to our current society today. Montag's character changes a lot during the course of the book. In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 Guy Montag starts out as an unaware citizen and becomes a person who thinks more independently without conforming to the norm. At the beginning of the book Montag acts without thinking about what he is doing.
The city is afraid of ideas, therefore are rejected whole-heartedly by the government. Ideas spark discussions which become disagreements, leading to arguments and unhappiness. The solution, “burn everything, fire is bright ad fire is clean” (173). Within this socially deprived society people have lost the ability to just converse with one another, to the level where it was odd to merely talk with your family in your own home “her house lights were on…what’s going on. (He) had rarely seen that many house lights… just my mother and father and uncle
“There’s no reason to change.” In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Captain Beatty, the Captain fireman said this quote, but Montag was able to prove him wrong by changing. Prior to this quote, the main character, Guy Montag is a fireman, and his job is to burn books at people’s houses because they are illegal in the society that they live in. He realizes that he is not truly happy with his life and with this society, so he decides to steal books and then read the hidden ones in his house. He becomes a fugitive in the society and has to run away, and eventually, the whole city gets bombed, and Montag is going to help rationalize and bring the ruinous society back to its feet the right way. Ray Bradbury uses the motif of contrasts to portray the theme that human beings are complicated and perplexing and that people are able to change in diverse approaches.
He learns the benefits of individualism in a minimal amount of time and also manages to inflict change upon his own beliefs. At the beginning of the novel Montag believed what society told him and he abided by society’s rules. He then interacts with new people who teach him how to individualize himself from societal expectations. Once he is taught how to veer away from these expectations, he decides to rebel against his former beliefs. Overall Montag has his own extraordinary adventure that changes his life for the greater
People are often perplexed; they do not know what they want to achieve in life. They do not learn to appreciate what they have at the moment. This theme of uncertainty is portrayed in the novel Fahrenheit, by Ray Bradbury. The protagonist, Guy Montag, a fireman, who burns books is not satisfied with the way he lives his life. He feels like there is something missing; he is skeptical about the missing fraction of him.
Cather did give me the impression that we should view Paul in an unsympathetic way in the beginning of the story, but by the end of it, my whole view on him changed. Throughout the story, Paul is someone who the readers need to take time to think about to fully understand him. He is a character who people should feel sympathetic for, and even though the author first portrayed Paul as an unsympathetic character in the beginning, towards the end of the story she portrayed him as a sympathetic character through the use of narration, dialogue, and description. To start, the short story first took place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and then it took place in New York. There is a narrator that presents Paul to the readers, and Paul is the main character.
Clarisse is the character that strikes the match in Montag’s soul. She brings a new perspective to the idea of being human and what it means to be part of a real family (7). After that Montag begins his journey to find himself, and to dig himself out the twisted world he lives in. At the end of the first part in the novel Montag reveals that he has been illegally storing books in his home over the past year (63). This is an important aspect of Montag’s character development because it exhibits his willingness to go against the law to find the truth.
Montag in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 Many minor characters influence the character Guy Montag. All these characters give Montag a new perspective on society and people. This is what helps shape Montag into who he wants to be. Montag’s eyes are opened throughout the book as he begins to see what people are actually like. In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury uses Mildred, Mrs. Blake, and Faber to influence Montag’s character.
Imagine a world where firemen start fires instead of putting them out. Fahrenheit 451 is set in a utopian, or dystopian to us, society, where books are burned and people rarely have real social interaction. Although Fahrenheit 451 seems nowhere close to our society, we are both alike and different to their world. The freedom of information is both very different and somewhat alike. In Fahrenheit 451, information is restricted, and people are given so many useless “‘facts’ they feel stuffed, but absolutely ‘brilliant’ with information”(pg 58).