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Examples Of Heroism In Fahrenheit 451

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Adam Soer Mr. Poulos ENG 3U1-06 11 June 2023 Montag: A Hero Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is set in a dystopian future where Guy Montag embarks on an extraordinary journey of self-discovery and transformation. At the beginning of the novel, Montag is a fireman tasked with the duty of burning books, a source of knowledge and independent thinking. However, as the novel continues Montag emerges as a hero. This essay will explore Montag's heroic elements, highlighting his compassion and empathy, his willingness to make sacrifices for a greater cause, and his commitment to see a transformation in society. The first element that shows Montag’s heroism is his compassion and empathy. One example of Montag's compassion and empathy can be seen in his …show more content…

Initially, at the start of the novel, Montag embraces the status quo as a fireman, blindly obeying orders to burn books. However, as Montag begins to question the status quo after he witnessed the burning of a woman who chose to die with her books, he willingly sacrifices his comfortable life as a fireman. Montag realizes that books are the missing element in his life and they contain something meaningful and essential that is absent from his society, "We have everything we need to be happy, but we aren't happy. Something's missing. I looked around. The only thing I positively knew was gone was the books I'd burned in ten or twelve years". Montag acknowledges the emptiness and dissatisfaction in his life and makes the sacrifice of pursuing books. As Montag pursues the knowledge from books he is put in constant danger. Despite the oppressive regime and the threat of the Mechanical Hound, Montag remains determined on his mission to protect the knowledge found in books, "The Mechanical Hound hunted me relentlessly... I sacrificed my own sense of security, running from the only life I had ever known, driven by the belief that the power of literature could awaken the dormant minds of a society asleep in ignorance". Montag sacrifices his sense of security and abandons his familiar life despite the constant danger posed by the Mechanical Hound and the government. He refuses to …show more content…

Montag takes it upon himself to educate and enlighten himself by reading books, which are banned in his society. As he immerses himself in literature, he gains a deeper understanding of the world and begins to question the government's control over information. He becomes determined to share what he has learned with others and he attempts to engage with his wife, Mildred, and her friends in a conversation about literature, “The room was blazing hot, he was all fire, he was all coldness; they sat in the middle of an empty desert with three chairs and him standing, swaying, and him waiting for Mrs. Phelps to stop straightening her dress hem and Mrs. Bowles to take her fingers away from her hair. Then he began to read in a low, stumbling voice that grew firmer as he progressed from line to line, and his voice went out across the desert, into the whiteness, and around the three sitting women there in the great hot emptiness.” After the conversation, Montag realizes the shallow and empty nature of the society he lives in as people are consumed by mindless entertainment and lack genuine connections. By sharing literature and engaging in meaningful conversations, Montag hopes to awaken people's minds and provoke them to question the status quo. This causes him to seek out individuals who are willing to challenge the status quo and fight against the suppression of knowledge. Montag's

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