Fahrenheit 451 is about a dystopian society that burns books and hides the truth from people. The job that is responsible for burning books belongs to the firemen. This happened when houses became fireproof. This book has a handful of characters that blindly follow the rules. Those characters live in ignorance and in lies.
Guy Montag from fahrenheit 451 and Truman Burbank from from the Truman Show have similarities and differences. Guy and Truman both wanted changes in their society. Truman did not know that everyone was watching him. Guy Montag was a fireman who destroyed people's houses and the problem was he had no choice because his boss ordered him to burn the houses because of owning books. Guy did not like the idea of burning houses because of owning books.
A fireman that starts fires to burn books. In Fahrenheit 451 a fireman doesn’t save people from burning buildings, or try to save houses. They burn illegal books, which, so happens to be all books. This is one example of how this society is different than ours. The book even quotes, “It was a pleasure to burn (books).” On the contrary, books today are highly valued and loved all over the
Guy Montag is a brainwashed member of a futuristic society. He loves his job, burning books so that no one will ever read them. To him, this depressed and gloomy life he’s living is a perfect world- until he meets Clarisse. She shows Montag how to look up from the TV and see that he is not living the life he wants to. Soon Montag is called by his boss, Beatty, to burn a lady’s house down because it contains books.
Lastly, Fahrenheit 451 deals with a plot of book burning which represents censorship and the main character is represented against society which creates alienation and loneliness themes. As “Fahrenheit 451” states, Montag, the main character, which is a “fireman” who burns books. Montag’s wife, Mildred is represented as society because in this time period everyone is obsessed with the technology at that time and not the knowledge. By the end of this novel Montag wants to go against this utopian society and let books be allowed with their knowledge. This creates controversy in the society because some books could be biased or one sided (138-151).
Burning books and houses are commonplace in the novel Fahrenheit 451, where firefighters start fires and citizens sit drawn to their TVs like moths to a glorious flame. In his novel, Ray Bradbury tells of a future in which books are illegal, their knowledge rarely appreciated, and the townspeople wondrously ignorant to all but the screens of their television sets. Through each clearly stated example, Ray Bradbury effectively warns modern society of the future. One outcome Ray Bradbury warns future societies of is the loss of personalities. Clarisse proves that people are losing their personalities when she states, “‘You laugh when I haven’t been funny and you answer right off.
Books have become outlawed due to the lack of creativity. Everyone is the same. The people who have questions and are social are considered the outcasts. Because authors are so different from everyone else with their creative ideas, the books are burned, along with the homes of the people who were caught with a book. Montag, a fireman, becomes curious on why the books are so terrible and why they’re illegal and set to flames.
Potter Stewart once said, “Censorship reflects a societies lack of confidence in itself.” Stewart is saying that is a governing body feels he need to dictate and regulate the knowledge obtained by their citizens, they lack the basic leadership skill of confidence. Censorship may even extend to a point in which the government burns knowledge, books, and cleanse their citizens from independent thoughts. In Fahrenheit 451, the fireman use fire to burn books and remove knowledge from their society. Although the citizens of Fahrenheit 451 believe fire is a tool used by fireman to burn books ad houses, nevertheless, Ray Bradbury uses fire to symbolize evil and destructive forces because he wants to show that destroying knowledge results in anarchy
Inside of this fictional nation, existent in the 24th Century, books have been banned, firemen start fires, instead of fighting them, and people don’t casually converse. One man, Guy Montag, who is the story’s main character, is a fireman who burns not only illicit books, but the buildings he finds them in. He and other firemen all burn books because the government tells them to. By banning books, and telling them what to think, the government obtains and maintains control over the populous, and they use brutal punishments to enforce that standard. The government bans books to maintain control of citizens.
The poems are full of despair and they all reflect his need ensure the unspeakable acts committed during the Holocaust are not forgotten. The poem is about a raid of a ghetto in the Holocaust. People were petrified just because of their religion and over twelve million people died. People were afraid to do anything wrong, because if they did they would be killed, or sent to a working concentration camp. The poems show how petrified people were of fear of the Nazis.