Montag In Fahrenheit 451

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Millie is justified in turning Montag in for having books for so many reasons, however there are only three that are potentially worth speaking about. Sometimes in order to do what people think is right, they have to sacrifice important relationships in their life. In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury welcomes us into a world where books and internal deep thinking is frowned upon by society. Mildred Montag is a part of society in some way, shape, or form. And because of this, Millie did what she thought was the only thing to do, and that was to turn her husband in for having books. She had been brainwashed by society, along with everybody in it, that owning books are unnecessary and therefore is illegal. Because of this, she also didn’t want to…show more content…
He explains how society has changed, new technology, and moral changes. In his novel, Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury explains that because of society getting attached to technology and other topics that don’t require deep thought, they have ruled out reading, and with that, books. Society has taught people for years that books are simply bad. Everyone knows that books are not allowed, which is one of the reasons why Millie decided to turn her husband in. We can use this as an example to justify Millie turning in her husband because she was brainwashed by society. When Montag opened up to Millie by showing her the books he had taken after time, she was almost stunned. “Mildred backed away as if she were suddenly confronted by a pack of mice that had come up out of the floor. He could hear her breathing rapidly and her face was paled out and her eyes were fastened wide.” (Bradbury 63). I decided to relate this information to a historical topic, The Salem Witch Trials. In Salem Massachusetts, people were brought up as children into religion. All their lives they have been told that certain things were wrong and certain things were right. Just as in Fahrenheit 451, children were being put into school at younger ages. They have been told that books are bad since they were young children. Books were always bad to Millie, which justifies her…show more content…
When Montag got a book out and read poetry to her and her friends, Millie came up with an excuse as to why Montag had books. She did this because she sees the way her friends are reacting, which reminds her of the reason they are reacting the way they are. (Bradbury 95). Montag had convinced her to allow him to have books for 48 hours. “If you love me at all you'll put up with this, twenty-four, forty-eight hours, that's all i ask, then it'll be over, I promise, I swear” (Bradbury 64). After the amount of hours he convinced her, she had no other option than to turn him in to save herself. “Here! Read this one. No, I take it back. Here’s that real funny one you read out loud today. Ladies, you won’t understand a word. It goes umpty-dumpty-ump.” (Bradbury 95). In the Salem Witch Trials, society believed that doing certain things were wrong or against what they believed in due to their religion. And there were consequences for doing things that were against the majority rule, such as death. Therefore, if people saw or knew about someone practicing witchcraft they would turn them in, because they knew it was against the law. They were doing what they knew to be the right and acceptable thing to do, similar to what Millie had done, because she knew turning him in would be the right thing to do by society’s
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