Bradbury also uses the motif of fire to show the dangers of censorship. At the beginning of the book, fire shows destruction. “ A great nuzzling gout of fire leapt out to lap at the books and knock them against the wall” (Bradbury 3.29). The is a literal act of censorship. The books are being burned so people are unable to read them.
The reader sees the true identity and belief of curiosity that has been hiding in Montag and the treacherous side of the once trusted Captain Beatty. When Montag’s wife reports him to the authorities Beatty has his own words to share with Montag, “A problem gets too burdensome, then into the furnace with it. Now Montag, you’re a burden. And fire will lift you off my shoulders, clean, quick, sure.” His words pierce Montag as Beatty then commands him to burn down his own home to clean up his own mess. Montag’s character takes a turning point in the falling action as he turns the flamethrower on Beatty killing him right then.
But in the novel, they burn all the literature showcased in the world. They believe books are cause of all bad things. But this is not true. People have lost so much. Guy Montag is the only one that realizes this due to a couple of people.
In Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury uses allusion, analogy, and symbolism to show the importance of knowledge and the devastating impacts of ignorance. In the beginning of the story you see Montag on the job, working alongside other firemen to burn down any home they can find housing books. This has become his normal, his hands doing all the work from muscle memory, no clear thought being put forth. When questioning the head of the fire department, Captain Beatty, about why they strive to demolish books he receives a slightly restricting answer. “With
“Fahrenheit 451” and Dystopian Characteristics In the novel “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury we are subjected to the life of Guy Montag. Montag is a Fireman who burns books, as the homes and other structures have been fireproofed to prevent a flame from licking up the sides. After an incident one night with an elderly woman who burned herself and her books Montag is shaken. Beatty, comes to his home to visit and their conversation is one sided. An analysis of Beatty’s Speech reveals that the people are under each other's control and surveillance, making the Firemen another level of surveillance and protection, and that the people are obsessed with flames.
Bradbury makes numerous events appear to have value because of the structure and demonstrates fire as a harmful source. In the novel Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury expresses, “With his symbolic helmet numbered 451 on his stolid head, and his eyes all orange flame with the thought of what came next, he flicked the igniter and the house jumped up in a gorging fire that burned the evening sky red and yellow and black” (Bradbury 1). The fire sends out a sense that it is a weapon and that people use it just to destruct anything that comes across the flames. Rafeeq O. McGiveron, a literary critic, argues, “... wisely suggests that to be truly human we must know our place in the natural world not only by appreciating the beauties of the wilderness but by respecting it 's awesome power as well” (McGiveron 1). The irony that McGiveron sees fire as soothing and protecting, yet the imagery utilized in Fahrenheit 451 seems to portray it as a dangerous cannon of flames that could potentially destroy a large number of
Guy meets a teenage girl named Clarisse who changes his outlook on life and makes him want to read and gain knowledge. Unfortunately, that was frowned upon in the society he lived in, so he had to be sneaky. Eventually, he was caught and forced to set his home as well as his books on fire. He then killed his boss then escaped a huge police manhunt. After escaping the police, he joined up with other scholars and tried to save his city.
In Fahrenheit 451 Faber helps Montag with understanding why they burn books and what are in the books. He also helps Montag rebel against the firefighters. These two characters acted as the protagonists confidant or advisor, someone they could discuss their problems
In the novel Guy describes what he does when he has been called to “duty” and when he uses the fire. The fire not only destroys the books and the ideas which were on the pages, but also the houses of which people live. On page three Bradbury writes, “It was a pleasure to burn. It was a pleasure to see things blackened and changed” (Bradbury 3). This statement portrays the fire as destructive and used to burn and blaze history.
(SIP-B) People in Montag’s society can’t go anywhere without watching something or paying attention to something. (STEWE-1) Montag shows some materialism too. Montag’s house gets burned down by Beatty and all he notice was the materials burnt into ashes. "He stepped into the bedroom and fired twice and the twin beds went up in a great simmering whisper, with more heat and passion and light than he would have supposed them to contain. He burnt the bedroom walls an the cosmetics chest because he wanted to change everything, the chairs, the tables, and the dining the silverware and plastic dishes, everything that showed that he had lived here in this empty house with a strange woman
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, is about a fireman named Guy Montag. In the story firemen burn books, and after one job, Montag starts to realize what he is doing is wrong. When he is caught with a book he is hunted down by his boss, coworkers, and the police and ends up setting with a group of book enthusiasts. Montag’s understanding of fire changes from fire being the destroyer of books and evil to fire being the destroyer of books and knowledge. The first example of Montag’s understanding of fire is when Montag is burning a house of books on the job.
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
Throughout Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury express’ how curiosity has the ability to drive one to do what is unexpected. Guy Montag is a firefighter who is completely passionate about his job in the beginning of the book because his father was also a firefighter which means he was meant to be one. The firefighters are sent to burn the hidden books as well as the houses the books are hidden inside. The books are burned because the government doesn 't want the people gaining knowledge that could overthrow them. As Montag goes around burning all the books he finds himself pondering over how the knowledge inside the books could be so powerful.