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
Denying and questioning these societal rules, Montag talks to his boss, Captain Beatty about the books since Beatty's suspicion that Montag stole a book is growing. This conversation has a significant impact on why Guy does what he does. The quote “_____” can prove this because it shows that Monatg is questioning whether the government is hiding everything for a good reason for the town or if there is something more that he does not know. Everything that Montag does is for the benefit of the society. When he started off as being one of the followers of the rules and not questioning why he was burning books, he later realises that he is not only burning books but, however, cutting ties with art, past history, literature, and civilisation in general.
Guy Montag is a 3rd generation fireman who takes pride in his job and enjoy burning books, however, over the years he begins to feel not as happy and becomes sour. One day after walking home from work he meets his neighbor Clarisse McClellan who teaches Montag a new way to perceive life and points out Montags problems. This causes him to feel lonely which leads to him realizing he is in a loveless marriage. While in this lonely state of mind Montag witnesses a old lady burn herself alive with her books, this takes a huge toll on Montag and causes him to question on what lays inside the forbidden pages.
In Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag changes from an unhappy and unaware fireman, to a conscious and informed different person. Throughout the book Montag faces challenges and conflict, and through this starts to realize what is wrong in society. Guy changes from being ignorant to be ready to speak out and make a change. In the beginning of the novel Guy did not question anything about his life.
She introduces him to a new way of life that allows him to be rid of the oppressive society he is part of. This can be seen when Clarisse says, “Do you ever read any of the books you burn?” (5). This statement helps Montag to recognize how he is allowing himself to be controlled by the law and how it is keeping him from experiencing joy and freedom. Moreover, Clarisse encourages Guy to explore his own thoughts, asking him questions that challenge his set beliefs and make him think differently.
Bradbury uses Guy Montag to help readers understand the importance of asking questions and standing out in society. Bradbury begins to craft the theme when Mildred overdoses on sleeping pills. Although she is unaware of what she did, Montag and the readers start to realize how brainwashed the society really is. Mildred is no longer herself, she is a product of the society that she lives in. For example Montag thinks, “Nobody knows anyone.
Initially Guy embodies the ignorance and conformity of his repressive society. As a firefighter responsible for burning books, he is complicit in erasing the collective memory and suppressing the past. However as the story progresses, Montage’s encounters with characters like Clarisse and the retired English professor, Faber, ignite a curiosity within him. He starts to question the reality and purpose of his existence, gradually recognizing the void that was created due to the absence of knowledge and history. This also catapults Montag's journey of transformative self-discovery and reconciliation of the past.
Characters such as Clarisse and Guy Montag think differently than others. People with curious qualities like they possess are the reason why societies advance. Clarisse challenged the beliefs of the society she lived in. She discussed with Montag, "Is it true that long ago firemen put fires out instead of going to start them?" (Bradbury 6).
To start with, Ray Bradbury utilizes the characterization of Montag who wants to escape the distraction and conformity of society. Montag who sees the uniqueness of the girl Clarisse starts to form his individuality. Montag questions many things in life as he tells his wife Mildred, “ We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long was it since you were really bothered?
A short while later Montag calls in sick after witnessing a woman so passionate about knowledge she died with her books. Montag’s boss, Beatty, then shows up to try and explain away Montag’s fears, but his mind is made up. This scene shows Montag finally reaching his full potential and in doing so becoming the audience’s new beacon of hope. Similar to Clarisse, Guy refused to agree with what he was taught and instead chooses to chase after the future he believes in. Prior to this the audience had grown to understand that every person was expected to conform, and it is expected that no one has new ideas.
This is a significant event not just in the novel, but also in Guy Montag's life because it impacts and modifies his perspective on the capacity to read books as a result of the lady protesting her death with her books. Another major event is when Montag steals a book. " He made more soft sounds. He stumbled toward the bed and shoved the book clumsily under the cold pillow. He fell into bed and his wife cried out, startled" (Bradbury 41).
Clarisse -the only person who appears to be alive;- and Faber -the owner of knowledge unused,- share their thoughts and feelings about how to find true meaning in life. Throughout the novel, Guy Montag appears as a dynamic, three dimensional character, because he illustrates the changes that come about through acquiring knowledge; he undergoes dramatic internal changes while presenting himself as a relatable human who struggles against his own flaws. Guy Montag proves to be a dynamic character in Fahrenheit 451 because of the momentous changes he makes in his life. An example of can be found in how his opinion about burning books changes throughout the text; at the beginning he believed that “it was a pleasure to burn...to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed.” (Bradbury 3)
This quote explains that he realized there is something more in books than letters. So he tried to read some books he stole. Guy Montag changes throughout the beginning of the novel in many ways. An example is his relationship with Clarisse is that he connected with her when he starts to change. Another change is his feelings towards books.
Now you know who Guy Montag was at the start of the novel, people who pushed Montag to change, and how his thoughts shifted. Montag was married and thought his life was perfect until he started reflecting on it. Books gave him a new perspective on life. They made Montag look for a new way to do things. When Montag is being more thoughtful he became happier yet sadder.
Guy Montag is a loyal man to his wife, Mildred, and his job working as a fireman. He is very happy with his work as he is doing the duty of his town. This made Montag feel like a part of society. The society in this novel has a censorship on everything. Limiting free thought and the ability to connect with other people.