Can books and people change a person’s way of thinking? Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is about Guy Montag who is a fireman who burns books and houses. Throughout the book he realizes he’s not happy so he has to transform his mindset by using books and people. Guy Montag changes in the story through his increasing problems in his relationship and his perceptions in books. Throughout the first third of the novel Guy’s relationship with Clarisse was that she was be annoying and disrespectful to Guy.
The book follows Guy Montag, a fireman who sets things on fire instead of put out fires. He enjoys his job until on one job an old woman decides to burn with her books rather than evacuate. Haunted by her death, Montag becomes confused on why books would mean so much to anyone. He then decides to find out for himself by reading books from a personal stash of stolen books. Montag has a personal revolution; he realizes the dangers of restricting information and intellectual thought.
Although there are many definitions to explain what knowledge specifically is, it never fails to contradict ignorance. The dystopian society that Ray Bradbury creates in Fahrenheit 451 is ignorant to the vast amount of knowledge that is present in the world. This is partially the fault of the government which enforces the burning of books, but the people are also to blame. They choose to believe that “ignorance is bliss”. In contrast, “If ignorance is bliss, there should be more happy people,” (Victor Cousin).
This quote, found on page eleven, is from the scene where Guy Montag is attempting to dial the emergency service number to save Mildred Montag’s (his wife) life. His way of counting shows the build up of what can lead to a war. This quote, found on page thirty-five, is spoken by Captain Beatty. Beatty is speaking to the owner of a secret library who then sets herself on fire along with her books. This quote provides part of an argument as to why books should be illegal.
Ray Bradbury 's Fahrenheit 451 is about Montag, a fireman who burns books instead of saving them, who questions the government 's decision to outlaw reading all together. Montag 's questioning is brought up when he has a lengthy discussion with his young curious neighbor, Clarisse. This seventeen year old, asked so many questions about life ,and the meaning of things, she also spoke to Montag about the horrible society they live in. Although Clarisse was killed early on in the book, she left an imprint on Montag to speak out against the government and Beatty. Clarisse like all children was curious, she’d spend her days wandering the town looking at flowers and people.
In the beginning of the novel, Guy Montag believes fully in the reasoning behind his job, and does not seem to question it at all, as he is characterized as someone who stands up for what he believes in. That is until he meets Clarisse McClellan who makes him stop and ponder on his ways of going about life. He begins to think doubtfully about the burning of books and looks to his conscience to find that maybe burning all of those books was the wrong thing to do. “Maybe the books can get us half out of the cave. They just might stop us from making the same damn insane mistakes!” (Bradbury 71).
It has been said that paper combusts at 451 degrees Fahrenheit. In the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, books and houses that contain books are burned. Fahrenheit 451 is a futuristic novel about a society that prohibits books and learning. In this particular society, Guy Montag is a firefighter; however, his job is to start fires, rather than terminate them. When Guy meets Clarisse McClellan, a young girl from his neighborhood, he starts to question his motives and perception of their community.
When the author later reveals that Montag had been stashing many books in the hope to learn something from them, this shows that Montag believes that society is wrong, or maybe hiding something from their past, and that books can be beneficial to them. Again, like the old woman, Ridley, and Latimer, he was not hurting anyone but was still frowned upon because he had, or started to have, different beliefs that are uncommon from the society he lived in. In the book Fahrenheit 451, the quote said by the old woman before she committed self-immolation has many different meanings that will, hopefully, carry out in the everyday lives of societies everywhere from the people back in October 16th of 1555 and into the far future. Latimer and Ridley made history with their long fight for their beliefs that will indirectly carry out their ideals in the minds of people like Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh, Reverend Martin Luther King, and author Ray
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury in 1953, is about a dystopian society in the future times. Bradbury successfully argues that an individual's ability to be physically and mentally active is destroyed as we are blinded with technology and pure knowledge in books are eliminated. Although his book is well supported through his creative use of figurative language, his failure to create suspense makes the resolution predictable. Montag the main character is a fireman whose life and thoughts change when he meets Clarisse, a intellectual teen, and witnesses a woman set ablaze for having books. Convinced that books he burns contain powers, Montag secretly analyzes books with Faber’s, a doubtful professor, help.
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.
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.
I said nothing.” This shows sometimes people do not want to conform but they are too afraid to speak out. This means Faber is actually choosing to conform to society even though unlike Mildred Faber has already been enlightened to the truth. When most people are born they conform to the ideologies of their parents and communities, they don’t choose to conform, however they can choose not to conform. In the beginning of Fahrenheit 451 Montag is a conformist who burns books for a living; however as the book progresses Montag begins to read books and his opinions on the way his society is changes. In Fahrenheit 451 Faber tells Montag “pity, Montag, pity.
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.
In Fahrenheit 451, information is restricted, and people are given so many useless “‘facts’ they feel stuffed, but absolutely ‘brilliant’ with information”(pg 58). So they’ll be ‘happy’, but it is a fake happiness. Because of this people think they are happy, but commit suicide because they are not. There are also a small few who still read books, but they must keep it a secret, or the books
“Ecclesiastes contains the story of a man’s search for happiness. His writing often speaks of those things ‘under the sun,’ which are earthly things that do not bring lasting happiness or joy” (Valletta, Thomas). The Ecclesiastes from the Old Testament relates to the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Montag, the main character in the novel, discovers that he is unhappy with his life as a fireman when he meets a girl named Clarisse. He becomes very interested in the world around him and begins to question why he burns books for a living.