Examples Of Individuality In Fahrenheit 451

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When Montag asked in the novel “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, “Well, then what if a fireman accidentally, really not intending anything, takes a book home with him?” (Bradbury, 59), he is left with his mouth dry when Beatty responds with, “We don’t get overanxious or mad. We let the fireman keep the book twenty-four hours. If he hasn’t burned it by then, we simply come burn it for him.”(Bradbury, 59). In the dystopian society placed in the novel, the citizens are distracted by the government to keep them from seeing books worth of knowledge being burned. As we know firefighters are known to put out fires, although in this novel Guy Montag is a firefighter who starts them with books. Montag begins to doubt the love and passion he has for …show more content…

Throughout the novel, Individuality vs Conformity is displayed when in a conformist society the individuality of the citizens is at risk because of how controlled they are by the government which can be seen through the strict regulations, punishments, and brainwashing. In the novel, “Fahrenheit 451” individuality in a society of conformists is seen as a bad thing due to the distinctions that it causes. A perfect character example in the novel of individuality would be Clarisse, she is a young seventeen-year-old girl who loves nature and whose character is not determined by the society she lives in. Clarisse is a perfect example of individuality because she not only has individuality in herself but helped Montag realize the individuality he could also have with a little bit of character development. In the novel it states, “You laugh when I haven’t been funny and you answer right off. You never stop to think what I’ve asked you.” (Bradbury, 6). This quote demonstrates that Montag is not capable of pausing and taking in the truth to engage in a meaningful conversation with Clarisse other than the lack of maturity and inappropriate humor he has. In …show more content…

There’s dew on the grass in the morning.” (Bradbury, 7). This quote is an example of how Clarisse is intrigued with nature and the observations she makes such as the size of the billboard being changed due to cars becoming faster. This makes Montag question if he has noticed the little things that Clarisse has noticed. Bradbury wrote, “On the front porch where she had come to weigh them quietly with her eyes, her quietness a condemnation, the women stood motionless.” (Bradbury, 37). As this quote is about the death of the woman who was so passionate about her books that she did not want to leave them behind and instead passed away with them, it also demonstrates how strict the government was on burning books and the

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