The house they go to is an old woman’s who has been hiding books. The lady felt life was not worth living without having the knowledge of literature, so she chooses to go up in flames along with all of her books. This is when we really notice Montague does have something to do with books when he takes some from her house. Later on we find out that Montague has been hiding books in his vent. Montague didn’t show up for work one day, so Captain Beatty pays him a visit letting him know that at some point all firefighters become curious about the point behind their daily job.
Fire is used to burn away the hidden wisdom within literature, to never be heard or seen, only turning to ashes of forgotten knowledge. We can find in our own history books that we too once did this. Dating as back as the middle ages the burning of books has been an issue in our own history. In the book Christianity, Book-Burning and Censorship in Late Antiquity: Studies in Text Transmission, Dirk Rohamm states, "some late antique emperor and early medieval kings used book-burning and censorship as a means of social control"(18). In other words, fire has been used as a weapon to burn books in the hopes to control nations socially and intellectually.
“Montag placed his hand on the woman’s elbow. ‘You can come with me’” (Bradbury 36) This was a place where he went to burn books and the woman decided to burn with the book. Montag tries to convince her to come with him and not to die with her burning books. This shows Montag do have a caring nature when it comes to someone’s life. So Montag would definitely stop before he kills someone with that fatal electric shocks.
He starts off as a fireman who sets houses on fire with the possession of books. Throughout the novel, he begins to realize that books may not be as bad as everybody sets them out to be. He steals a book from a house he burns and then reads it. He changes his opinion on books, Guy Montag
“ ‘There must be something in books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; … You don’t stay for nothing’” (Bradbury 54). This except from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is something Guy Montag, the story’s main character who is a fireman, tries to figure out. In this futuristic setting, ironically, firemen do not put out fires, however, they start them. The firemen’s job in the novel is to burn down houses which contain books, and to make sure that books are destroyed. The society in the novel is one that is obsessed with technology and has people who are too engrossed in their televisions and their headphones then to read books and converse with one another.
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 Book Burner In the book Fahrenheit 451 firemen burn houses instead of putting fires out ,and the author Rad Bradbury includes how technology is “Taking over the Economy”. Firemen are the policemen of the future world ,and some humans have made mistakes by hiding books. The author reveals throughout the novel how montag goes through transformation and how he changes. Guy Montag has never questioned his job before he ever met Clarisse McClellan. For instance Guy Montag is confronted with a thought in mind of how he does not understand the whole truth about books.
When Montag returns home from a day at work with stolen books, he shows his wife, Mildred, and he explains his reasoning for bringing the books to the house: “Maybe these books can get us half out of the cave. They just might stop us from making the same damn insane mistakes” (Bradbury 102). Montag is in a society that values technology and immediate gratification over free speech, which is the cause of the isolation between each citizen (“Fahrenheit 451” 144). This is at the point that Montag comes to a realization that he can “break alienation from other humans” (“Fahrenheit 451” 144) by reading and deciphering the messages that each book has to offer. One night, Mildred has friends over to watch a show in the
Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel written by Ray Bradbury, published in 1953. The story depicts a futuristic American world, where all books and literature are banned. The job of the “Firemen” is to burn all found. The novel was inspired by similar times in history when books were regulated. In the novel, it is apparent that the management of political power affects the actions, the minds, and the feelings of groups and of individuals in society.
Fahrenheit 451 Leah Kinzer Period 1 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a book that I had heard much about before reading it. I chose this book because I thought that it sounded like an interesting storyline and I wanted to read a dystopian novel. A theme that I found big throughout the story was that it’s never too late to change your fate. Guy Montag spends his days working as a fireman. His job involves him traveling to homes where their owners hide books and burning them to the ground.