The world of Fahrenheit 451 is a world devoid of books. In this world the protagonist Montag is a fireman, but in this world he burn houses insteads of putting them out, he goes against his government and occupation to steal a book from a burning house. To most effectively convey his message, Bradbury uses symbolism and irony to shape the theme that Knowledge can both be joyful and painful. The symbolism helps to shape the theme is Fahrenheit 451. In the book on page 67 it says “The sand and the sieve”.
Fahrenheit 451 is a book about Guy Montag; a fireman living with his wife in a dystopian future where books are illegal. Firemen are responsible for burning houses that have books in them and arresting people who have books. This all changes when Guy starts collecting books as well. This leads him to go on a perilous adventure that could get him killed. In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury uses allegories, motifs, and symbols to show that censorship is a danger to society and it will lead us to our doom because it results in us being desensitized, depressed and violent.
Ironically, instead of putting out the fire firefighters begin fires; however, this happens to be Montag’s occupation. In Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag, consecrates societal expectations but is taught to overcome them and change what he believes is the right. As he is consumed in the ideology of society, Montag concludes setting a blaze to books is justifiable to appease to the law and maintain equilibrium. He sought a “pleasure to burn” the novels, observing them blacken is what he enjoys but moreso he enjoys the feeling of justice after burning books (Bradbury 3). Over the years, society implanted this idea into Montag's head telling him it is laudable.
When turning against family for the law, people really need to take a look back and see what caused this to happen. In Abners case, it was the War. War was a huge part that made Abner into who he was because he wasn 't at peace with himself when he was there. The first symbol that was noticed was fire. The fire symbol was a huge piece considering all Abner was known as was a “barn burner”.
It is hard to imagine a future in which books and other media are illegal but, in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, that is exactly the case. Attempting to censor media and, thereby, harming society, in which people crave knowledge, is one theme constantly shown through Bradbury’s characters, Montag and Beatty, and through the society’s elevated rates of attempted suicides. Society being harmed by the censorship of media is shown through the actions of Montag. Fahrenheit 451’s protagonist, Montag, is a fireman. In the dystopian setting of the story, fireman burn books, which have been banned in an attempt to make everyone equal.
Once we reach the end of the story, Sarty has finally realized that his father is a “ruthless” and “bloodless” man. (Byrne) Abner is on his way to burn down de Spain’s barn and Sarty knows he has to warn him. His family decides to hold on to him to not let him go but Sarty breaks free and runs down the road to tell de Spain what his father intends on doing. This is the moment when Sarty changed dramatically in the story. He broke the loyalty with his father and solved his self-conflict.
“There’s no reason to change.” In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Captain Beatty, the Captain fireman said this quote, but Montag was able to prove him wrong by changing. Prior to this quote, the main character, Guy Montag is a fireman, and his job is to burn books at people’s houses because they are illegal in the society that they live in. He realizes that he is not truly happy with his life and with this society, so he decides to steal books and then read the hidden ones in his house. He becomes a fugitive in the society and has to run away, and eventually, the whole city gets bombed, and Montag is going to help rationalize and bring the ruinous society back to its feet the right way. Ray Bradbury uses the motif of contrasts to portray the theme that human beings are complicated and perplexing and that people are able to change in diverse approaches.
Montag begins to question everything he has ever known (Bradbury). He starts thinking and steals one book from one of the burning site (Bradbury 34). His Captain comes to know about it and warns him but he still keeps some books with him. Then his Captain makes him burn his house to ashes. He kills his Captain and a few firemen and runs away from the crime spot.
Where owning a book can get your house burned and free thinking is severely frowned upon. This allows the society to “change” history as they see fit, such as the history of the first firemen “They pull out their rule books and show Montag the history of firemen in America which reads, ‘ 'Established, 1790, to burn English-influenced books in the Colonies. First Fireman: Benjamin Franklin.’”(Part 1). They also took away any books that may be offensive to somebody, which could have also warped people’s views on certain subjects. With this all in mind, the government had to do all of this very slowly so they could gradually change people’s views on books and such.
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.
“My father,” she questioned. “Wait did you say the caught the building on fire! We have to go back, that place wasn’t just people from the uprising, those where our elderly and young.” “Like hell Sá, if we go back there they’ll take you, you’re different they want you. The most they will do is put down a few elderly and anyone how tries to defy them. There not worth going