Character Development In Fahrenheit 451

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The government's rules of burning books was a major twist leading to a lack of empathy and dehumanization. Burning books was a law that the government of the concealed city of the United States made, so that the knowledge and the information that the books gave wouldn’t reach the citizens living in the concealed city. This would relate to the lack of empathy and lead to dehumanization because reading wouldn’t give any information and knowledge to the citizens and by this it would lead to a lack of empathy which means they won’t be able to connect and talk to people as fluently. Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451 emphasizes an important theme that a lack of empathy leads to dehumanizing everyone and a demolishing of human vitality, a theme …show more content…

It is evident that Guy Montag goes through Character Development to emphasize this theme as he transforms empathetically throughout the story. My first point supporting my theme getting expressed by character development is when Clarisse asks him “Do you ever read any of the books you burn?” He laughed. “That’s against the law!” - Clarisse McClellan and Guy Montage (Page 8). This quote from the story shows Character development because it wakes up Guy Montag and makes him more empathetic and curious, this shows him how he got the dehumanizing society role. So from this it gets him into his curious mindset, and makes him think furthermore about what the purpose of his job is, and why his job is to burn books. My second point supporting my theme getting expressed by character development is when Clarisse makes Guy Montag's lack of empathy increase by saying the following quote “We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long has it been since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real” - Clarisse McClellan (page 52). This quote shows Guy Montag's character development from Clarisse encouraging and testing his empathy as well as his thoughtless actions. This makes Guy Montag think more about his actions and think more about what is happening because the job that he is doing is not doing something good for the community that he is

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