Montag hides some books until he finds the courage to read them. He goes from burning books to a book reader, effectively demonstrating his objection towards his society. The society forces people to watch their television instead of going outside or having meaningful conversations. They don’t even have porches“’[…but Clarisse’s] uncle say that was merely rationalizing it; the real reason, hidden underneath, might be they didn’t want people sitting like that, doing nothing, rocking, talking; that was the wrong kind of social life. People talked too much.
An hour of monologue, a poem, a comment, and then without even acknowledging the fact that Montag was a fireman, Faber with a certain trembling, wrote his address on a slip of paper. "For your file," he said, "in case you decide to be angry with me." The rules don’t even have to be enforced on the citizens in this novel. The rules are self-imposed this may be because the government controls the society with fear so the citizens are afraid of what might happen if they do not follow the rules. Our modern society is different from
As stated before, Mildred conforms to society. She doesn’t question why, she just does it. When Montag begins to think differently about his job and how burning books may be wrong, Mildred defends society’s view. “"Montag, take my word for it, I 've had to read a few in my time, to know what I was about, and the books say nothing! Nothing you can teach or believe.
Me and my partnered both assumed that when Equality escaped, they didn’t decide to go after him as punishment, because they probably thought he wouldn’t last and would die. We also saw the reference to the Saint of the Pyre a few times which ties back to the man burned at stake for saying the unmentionable word. This book made me and my partner question a lot of things with the society within it because they were going back in time with the technology they had such as a candle instead of advancing. We questioned the society and how it came to be based on collectivism when it used to be based on individualism. Overall, me and my partner really enjoyed this book because it made us think about our society and the social relationships we
The story starts off at my work, where I realized I wanted to “see” the world through my coworker’s eyes. My coworker’s parents are very conservative, and I had never realized until now that her parents and my parents are indeed, very different. She has to live with a long list of rules over her head, while I have a good amount of freedom and can do whatever I please. Everything my coworker does has to go through her parents, whereas mine trust me enough to know that I am able to handle whatever decision I make. No, I am not saying that she is not mature nor am I saying that she is not trustworthy, but I am saying that the mentality of our parents is so different, it is insane.
After interviewing with Shelly this particular situation/family I would have to say that their family correlates to No, it is Never Right to Lie. As Knapp states in the book, “This position does not all for any exceptions” (Knapp, 2008, p. 44). I came to this conclusion due to Shelly didn’t have many example for me as to when her children lied to her or when her and Ed lied to them. She kept stating over and over again that she has always taught the boys about integrity and honesty. I can personally say that not all parents are like this.
They praise the way society is, both insisting to Montag that they are happy and attempting to get him to conform in the same way they have. However, they both show evidence that they are not truly happy with their hollow lives, which lack emotion and meaningfulness. Beatty acts as symbolism for what Montag could have become. Similar to Montag, Beatty is a firefighter who has read books and educated himself. However, he insists on continuing to conform to society and tries to convince Montag to do so as well, claiming that literature is too controversial, which causes tension and does not lead to happiness.
This action, however, costs him his life and other’s lives. In “The Crucible”, John Proctor does not confess to witchcraft. They told him if he confessed, he could live happily with his wife, Elizabeth. He refuses to confess, but after he speaks with Elizabeth, he decides to confess. The judges start writing his confession papers and he changes his mind to keep his “good” name.
Here we can see that Mildred, Montag’s wife, is having a conversation with Montag. The parlor walls seem to be getting in the way so Montag asks if she will turn them off. In our society a civilized person would turn off the walls and carry on with the conversation but not in Montag’s society. As the walls make Mildred feel like she is apart of something, she abruptly says that the walls are her family while right in front of her husband. The idea of the walls being Mildred’s family is not abnormal, infact almost everybody in Montag’s society that believes that the wall are more of family then your own flesh and blood.
The books are burned; Mildred and other innocent people die; the disorder in the society is not fixed and it might pass to the next generation. “Fahrenheit 451” uses a lot of imagery to portray the features of the wrong society and the people live in the condition. It makes me think of the lyrics from Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence”, “People talking without speaking; people hearing without listening; people writing songs that voices never share and no one dared disturb the sound of silence.” People notice the oddness in the society but yet they never dare or care to change. They wear smiling masks, but under the masks, tears are falling and hearts are breaking. Perhaps the best ending for the censored society is to fall apart and break.