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.
Two seemingly unalike books like Fahrenheit 451 written by Ray Bradbury and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass written by himself provide a great example of comparing the two different themes and even finding common ones between them. Every time a book is read, deep thought should be taken in order to fully understand the themes and morals the author is trying to impose on his or her audience. In this case, the pursuit for a higher education, freedom, and developing oneself. Fahrenheit 451 is a book about an everyday fireman living in a future United States whose job is to burn books. At the beginning of the book, the main character, Montag, meets a girl who loves to read (Bradbury 4).
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
Introduced late in the story Granger represents the world that Guy Montag dreamed of but is unaware what to do when he discovers it. Montag hides books that he steals but fails to interpret them; discovering the “professors” was Montag’s goal but once they are found he does not know what to make of them. The dystopian setup for this novel provides wide interpretation for symbolism and text theme.Granger introduces, to Montag, the theme of creation over destruction. This theme is a lesson that Montag learns should be applied to personal life and one's role in society. To begin this book Montag burns the knowledge around him.
It is in the job description to burn books and the houses that came along with them and he goes about his job conscientiously. His job is also a legacy in his family. As the book progresses and his consciousness grows he begins to draw different conclusions about what being a firefighter really is. His growing questioning begins to make him a bit crazy and leads him to make poor and irrational decisions.
Having an identity defines a person’s personality and traits. It also tells other people where the person learned his traits and morals. In the world, everyone is born with the same identity; however, a unique identity is flexible and changeable because a person can change his or her identity based on the environment he or she interacts with, as demonstrated by Guy Montag from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Montag’s identity first changed when he was disturbed by a traumatic and revealing event. As a fireman in an alternate dystopian reality, Montag was happy with his job burning books.
“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.
When the boy flashes back to when the abandoned building burns down he describes it as almost a sanctuary for him and his friends. There they played with knifes and smoked cigarettes but also he says: “I studied pornographic magazines with a fever beating through my body.” Again coming back to his sexual frustration that burned through him. He kept it to himself in his secret hideout, letting the feeling boil in him, making it worse. He feels guilty about his feelings though. When he describes his father’s scent at the scene of the fire as “the odor of armpit and crotch and secret hair, the sematic animal scent of him that had always repelled me-until that moment” a sexual smell that at that moment seemed to comfort him but he starts to welcome the feelings it coincides with.
In the novel, Guy Montag attempts to thrive in a world where cars can go 80 mph in mere seconds but then he realizes he is not truly happy with himself. He begins to truly question the actions of society’s conformity, in the way it affects his wife Mildred, an old man named Faber and Montag himself. Montag is a fireman, a job that includes burning books and the homes they are found in. But the tables turn when
Montag’s job in this novel is that of a fireman. He is given the task of burning books. This act is done in the hopes of calming the masses by eliminating material that may drive them to express themselves in a negative manner. At the beginning of the novel, Montag does not mind his job; he just does what he is told without question. However, when he first meets Clarisse his mind starts wandering off and he begins to lose focus in his daily activities.
Fahrenheit 451, a novel written by Ray Bradbury, is set in a fictional dystopian world of the future. The main character in the story, Guy Montag, is a respected fireman. However, in this era, firemen are government workers who start fires and burn banned books, instead of putting fires out, destroying years maybe decades worth of knowledge. Guy Montag’s society restricts the access of books to the public, limiting their understanding of ideas, thoughts, and emotions. In this novel, people labeled as misfits and outcasts are those who read and think.