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.
But in the novel, they burn all the literature showcased in the world. They believe books are cause of all bad things. But this is not true. People have lost so much. Guy Montag is the only one that realizes this due to a couple of people.
Additionally, Montag’s horrific experience of watching a woman die for her books, makes him wonder what books truly contain. After witnessing a death of a martyr, Montag expresses that he is discouraged to continue his line of work to Mildred. He asks his wife and himself a question: Why was that old woman willing to die for her books? Captain Beatty’s confrontation with Montag furthers Montag’s interests in books. Thus, Beatty forces Montag to question his government and the information that was spoon-fed to him all his life.
Bradbury used metaphors frequently throughout Fahrenheit 451 to add vibrancy and a layer of clarity to his work. To put it plainly, metaphors are comparisons between two things that are not alike by means that exclude terms such as like, as, than, or resembles. A metaphor was encountered as Montag justified his career to Mildred, stating his “‘... grandfather and father were firemen. In [his] sleep, [he] ran after them.’” (Bradbury 49) It was expected for him to assume this role, so he made the decision without much thought. It was an unconscious commitment, comparable to one one might make while asleep.
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).
I quite enjoyed Fahrenheit 451. A 20th-century classic. The language features employed in it result in an interesting, if not slightly difficult read which provokes deep thought from the reader. Published in 1953, it describes a future American society where books are outlawed, and it is the role of ‘firemen’ to destroy any that are found. Montag, the protagonist, is a fireman and is happy however, after a conversation with the girl next door, he discovers he is completely discontented with how he has been living out his life, burning knowledge and encouraging stupefaction.
The novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury takes place in a dystopian society where books have become nearly obsolete because of the evocation of thought, at least free thought, is seen as a negatory result due to the fact that differing opinions presented in books can lead to offending people. Montag, the main character, is a firefighter, but firefighters in this society burn books and houses rather than putting the fires out. Montag meets a girl that is different from the rest of the society, and she changes his perspective of books, and therefore life. In a world where technology is taking over and interfering with human connection, Montag takes a journey to make books important again in hopes of reversing the negative effects of technology. The purpose of
The nation has turned into an anti-social community that has been confined to staring at a television set for hours with no interaction. With doing so, most of the people have confronted to depression and even suicide. Mildred is so oblivious that she turns against her own husband, Montag, by yelling, “Books aren’t people. You read and I look all around, but there isn’t anybody” (Bradbury, 69). Mildred is against the fact that books can help and opposes the idea when her husband tries to read to her.
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, is a uniquely shocking and provocative novel about a dystopian society set in a future where reading is outlawed, thinking is considered a sin, technology is at its prime, and human interaction is scarce. Through his main protagonist, Guy Montag, Bradbury brings attention to the dangers of a controlled society, and the problems that can arise from censorship. As a fireman, it is Guy's job to destroy books, and start fires rather than put them out. After meeting a series of unusual characters, a spark is ignited in Montag and he develops a desire for knowledge and a want to protect the books. Bradbury's novel teaches its readers how too much censorship and control can lead to further damage and the repetition of history’s mistakes through the use of symbolism, imagery, and motif.
With that, the warnings and morals imbedded in the text are some that should be examined and noted. A recurring theme within Bradbury’s writing is, people are dispensable. Mildred Montag, the protagonist’s wife, is a morbidly depressed woman who is one of the many victims at the heart of this truth. With not much of a connection to her husband, she turns to technology to help numb her. She is constantly listening to her “seashells,” our equivalent of earbuds, blocking out who and what is happening around her or engaging with the television instead of spending time with real people.
Personal relationships are often seen as positive, full of meaningful conversations and have caring interactions but in a utopian world it involves many challenges. Personal relationships become straining which creates a more tense and strenuous environment for a bond a good example of this would be when protagonist Mildred invited her friends over to watch TV with her “family” later leading main character Guy Montag to unplugging the TV’s because of the anger built up in him. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury represents relationships involving technology struggle. Throughout the book it follows a firefighter named Guy Montag that is highly influenced by society. Firefighters in the utopian world burn down houses that have books inside of them.
Like every other fireman in Montag’s community, Montag loved his job. Montag voices, “It was a pleasure to burn [books]. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed” (Bradbury 1). A quote supporting the fact that book burning was not only a job to Montag but a passion. Information citizens know are derived from the government, and since the citizens also have no access to books, they can only rely on information from the government.
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.
Another rhetorical question was, “Were all firemen picked then for their looks as well as their proclivities?”, this was also resolved in the next sentence by the reference of the appearances of the firemen as well as the way they all enjoyed smoking(Bradbury 33). While this may have originated as an individual taste for smoking society clearly made it commonplace and almost expected of the firemen to be smokers. The authors use of rhetorical questions projected the firemen as conformists to society which removed their sense of individuality. Bradbury characterizes the firefighters in Fahrenheit 451 as duplicates in this
In the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury the theme of Part 2 is Materialism and pleasure seeking make for an empty life. This theme is shown when the women spend their time watching tv and talk about their husbands/children. “ ‘I’ll let Pete do all the worrying.’ She giggled. ‘I’ll let old Pete do all the worrying. Not me.