On page 57 it states,”Authors full of evil thoughts, lock up your typewriters,”. In this time the people living in this society don't have a choice on how they feel. They are taught to be and act joyful, which is their reason for burning books, since according to Beatty they bring sadness and fear. In addition, in the novel it states,“You can’t build a house without nails and wood. If you don’t want a house built, hide the nails and wood.
The two of them decided to come up with a plan to show people that books are not worthless. c. Montag and Faber are living in a world where everyone believes that books have no value to them and should just be burned. However, these two characters think differently about them. Montag has been stealing books, and Faber has been teaching him about them. He learns that books reveal the bad parts of life, which is why many people hate them and decide not to read.
Due to this, much of their history and knowledge is forgotten. There society is very chaotic without books. To add to, even though the firemen burn books in the novel, that is not the reason the society doesn’t have knowledge. The reason they don’t have knowledge is because there is a law against reading and having books in possession. Just like Ray Bradbury says, “Just get people to stop reading them”, this is exactly what the government in Fahrenheit 451 does, and it works because the citizens have no clue of
Jay Asher answers this question by saying, “No because every reader is different. There’s no book that’s inappropriate for every person, but there are people who cannot handle everything.” Nobody will have the same mindset about everything and people need to understand this. According to Ray Bradbury on page 2 of Fahrenheit 451 it reads, “While the books went up in sparkling whirls and blew away on a wind, they turned dark with burning.” Firemen in this society burn books to keep people from reading the knowledge inside.
In the Fahrenheit 451 society, a totalitarian government rules with an iron fist, conforming everyone to be oblivious to their surroundings and do everything the government asks without question. Firefighters burn books because citizens are forbidden to read because it might stir intellectual thinking. Since thinking will cause rebellious uproars against the government, the government does everything it can to prevent it. Ray Bradbury lambastes conformity since it can lead to the loss of individuality. He utilizes Clarisse, technology, and an emotionally dead society to stress his position.
Once she moves to New York and reinvents herself, she tries to forget her old life. No one knows who Jeannette truly is and what her life was like before. Firstly, she feels shame from her parents lifestyle and does not want her acquaintances to find out about the way her parents live. “It had been months since I laid eyes on Mom, and when she looked up, I was overcome with panic that she'd see me and call out my name, and that someone on the way to the part would spot us together and Mom would introduce herself and my secret would be out” (The Glass Castle 3). Even though she feels shame because of her parents, she also feels guilty because how ashamed she is of her parents.
Captain Beatty kept nagging Montag about why books were so important and why he wanted to have a stack so bad. Montag, getting mad, flips the switch on his flame thrower and ends up burning Beatty. Once Montag was gone from the city, he tried to be a better person and escape the man he used to be. Montag, at the end, does believe he is a better character and believes he is very different than what he used to be.
Journal #3 Novel Study Fahrenheit 451 Set in the futuristic world controlled by media, Fahrenheit 451 tells the story of the protagonist Montag, a fireman whose job is to burn book, his search for knowledge and self-identity. Books are considered illegal and banned because they make people think and question. I feel sympathy for Montag as his wife does not have any emotional attachment to him as she only care about her “family” on the parlor walls and betrayed Montag by reporting to the firemen that he has books in his possession. Montag also faces numbers of obstacles in his journey for self-identity. Fahrenheit 451 shares many similarities of the setting in the novel The Giver.
In other words, they were censored. All types of books, poetry, biographies, history books, they were all banned so people were being denied the right of knowledge and information books contained. Also they were burning them because ﬁre would destroy them completly, that why he said that ﬁre was bright and clean, it would leave absolutley no trace of the book that once exsisted. The next quote i'm explaining is: "We are living in a time where ﬂowers try to live on good ﬂowers, instead of growing on good rain and black loam". This quote is from Faber in part 2 of the book.
Hands possess intentions, and they may be used for different purposes. For example, when Bradbury exploits the idea that hands have control over Montag when stealing a book while performing his job, he asserts, “Montag’s hand closed like a mouth, crushed the book with wild devotion, with an insanity of mindlessness to his chest” (37). This hand holds a bad intention because interacting with a book in any way is prohibited in this society. It seems as if it is doing its own job and wants the world to keep quiet. In this society, it is very uncommon for one to grab a book, and since this hand has, that means it possesses special powers and qualities.
For example, Emperer Qin Shi Huang attempted to eradicate all books contray to his ideas. Likewise, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is currently destroying books which preach non-Islamic viewpoints. In his book, Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury reaffirms this very concept: without books, true knowledge is lost. When knowledge is lost, the human populace becomes mere animals, reduced to a primitive state in which all they care about is pleasure. Thus, when society stops reading, it crumbles.
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
The overall theme of Fahrenheit 541 is to not allow yourself being censored, or to rebel against censorship. Owning and reading books are illegal therefore, Clarisse and Guy Montag’s curiosity contributes to rebellion by showing that Clarisse McClellan and Montag want to read yet it’s forbidden in their society. Guy Montag is a fireman whose job is to start fires rather than put them out. His job is strictly to destroy knowledge although he is one who
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.
Montag’s Internal and External Conflicts People sometimes have a great effect on other people, even if they do not realize it. That is what happens to Guy Montag, a main character in Ray Bradbury’s science fiction novel, Fahrenheit 451. In the novel he comes across many characters that change him. In the novel Ray Bradbury uses conflict to show the knowledge and ignorance in the characters. Ray Bradbury uses Montag’s internal and external conflict throughout the book to show how he is changed by these things.