Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a challenging novel that will make you think, question, and agree with many choices made. Montag, the main character is a fireman married to Mildred. Montag works along with his partners and Captain, Beatty. Montag starts to dislike his job and begins reading lots of books. He is overwhelmed and can 't understand what he is reading so he threatens Faber, an old wise man he had met, into helping him learn from what he is reading.
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.
Novels contain information about the past and people form different opinions and thoughts from the novels. The government wants intelligence to seem wrong and want ignorance to deem as correct. Creating the walls became a tactic to distract society from the ugly truth and not focus on the worries. As a literal and symbolic meaning, the walls stand for happiness and causes people to not focus on reality or care for others, but themselves. The entertainment brainwashes the community to not worry by providing
It is evident that Beatty is in conflict with himself with his obvious hypocrisy over knowledge and books and his want to die, and this deeply affects the entire novel. The first sign of Beatty’s hypocrisy and internal conflict is when readers realize that although he dismisses books as useless and nonsense, he himself has read many books and is well educated in literature. When Beatty first visits Montag, guessing (correctly) that Montag is having doubts about his job, he tells Montag about how their society came to be and why the firemen exist, praising their role as necessary. He claims “the books say nothing! Nothing you can teach or believe.” (Bradbury 62).
Not only is he reading books, he now has committed murder. This strange failed utopia is against everything that Montag now wants to believe in. In Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury creates this world where reading is illegal. They do not want people to think on their own. They want people to be mindless humans who follow orders.
Some people struggle in the outside world, while others struggle in the inside world, or with themselves. In Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451, the main character Guy Montag is conflicting with himself. Initially, Montag thinks that he is happy and content with his life as a fireman burning books, but after meeting a peculiar neighbor, he realizes that he is struggling internally with his happiness in his life. In the beginning of the book, Montag’s thoughts to himself illustrates himself as a satisfied man. In the first sentence, Montag is doing his job and burning books.
In the book, citizens have no idea about what is “truly” happening around them because of their censoring government. The author warns people not to allow the government to take full control. This ties up to the McCarthy censorship. US senator, Joseph McCarthy, made unfair allegations and Bradbury wanted to indict this with his book. He condemned about the investigations on communists in Hollywood by the House Un-American Activities Committee(Weller, 2013).
Beatty has also been where Montag is now, has read a good number of books—and thoroughly too, judging by how effortlessly and effectively he recites literature during his final quarrel with Montag—and at the end, he has chosen to conform. However, unlike Mustapha Mond, he has come out of it hostile and unforgiving. He is narrow-minded and fanatical in his actions and he is a conformist to the degree that he becomes violent so as not to let anyone get past the lines drawn by the norms. This ultimately leads to his demise, which also happens in a significant way: Beatty wants to be killed by Montag. This is another way Ray Bradbury underlines how truly unhappy conforming people are.
The use of censorship is significant in the novel, which is due to the government's role in people’s . As a way the government censors what they feel is not acceptable, they burn books which is illegal to own, to remove them, if any person such as the old lady that will not give their books, they are killed with the books that are burned. Uses of censorship in the novel prevented many people to have the different mindsets in that society, which reinforce the government's role in the way people perceive their information. To prove the concept, a character from “Fahrenheit 451”, Captain Beatty asserts, “We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made, equal.
“They took him screaming off to the asylum. Any man’s insane who think he can fool the government and us (page 33)”. Not only are the people afraid of the government, they are also afraid of each other. “Can’t trust people that’s the dirty part you and I and who else will set the fires?” (page 86). That is one of the reasons why there are never any rebellion in a dystopia
Censorship of literature has always been a powerful means of manipulating society by limiting what the people are exposed to. This has been used as a way to suppress free thinking and new ideas, that could cause a shift in power in the society. The censorship of literature has been used by the powerful members of society forever, because of this societies fear the idea of their governments hiding information from the public. In Americus, a small town in Oklahoma is divided over a new teenager book series that some feel the series should be banned from the library. In contrast in Fahrenheit 451, a curious fireman indulges in a banded book, which enlightens him to a new outlook on life.
He becomes very interested in the world around him and begins to question why he burns books for a living. At the end of the story, Montag begins to memorize the book of Ecclesiastes. Ray Bradbury mentions this book from the bible in his story because the story of Simon’s life in the book Ecclesiastes is very
Burrough investigate about the use of censorship by the government and the their power over citizens which restricts individual’s freedom of thought. He states that the power the government gained through censoring certain materials is questionable and censorship is merely making people more sensitive towards censored materials. Burrough’s journal discusses censorship used by authorities relates to Fahrenheit 451 because the novel is based on a society where anything that might provoke one to question is censored: books are burned and the peculiar individuals are removed from the community. William Burrough studied English literature in Harvard University and he is famous as an essayist and novelist with famous work such as Naked Lunch. This