The novel titled “Fahrenheit 451“ has many different hardships shown throughout the novel. Montag, a character from the novel “Fahrenheit 451” responds, and fights back to injustice in this novel, in quite a significant way. The examples from the novel are “stealing books”, “Putting books in firemen's houses”, and “Escaping Society”. Different hardships are portrayed in the novel, but the main struggle that Montag deals with in society is the extreme censorship that comes along with daily life. No one is allowed to own books and no one is allowed to think freely. A quote that helps show Montag going against the fight to silence him reads, “Montag felt the hidden book pound like a heart against his chest. "Go on," said the woman, and Montag …show more content…
Tired of being censored, Montag decides it’s time to leave society and be himself. He knows about the scholars near the abandoned city, and wants to learn all they have to offer, so he can help the world. A quote showing how Montag has broken free from the extreme censorship in society reads, “He saw many hands held to its warmth, hands without arms, hidden in darkness. Above the hands, motionless faces that were only moved and tossed and flickered with firelight. He hadn't known fire could look this way. He had never thought in his life that it could give as well as take. Even its smell was different.” Montag is mesmerized by the fire because it is unlike any fire he has known. That small motion in it, the different colors, a strange fire because it meant a different thing to him because it wasn’t burning, it was “warming”. He is mesmerized from the silence because he is unfamiliar with it with a world of white noise. Monatag had the ability to talk about anything freely and without fear. The voices talked about everything, there was nothing they couldn’t talk about. It wasn’t only the fire that was different, it was the silence. Montag sees the fire as a positive thing, something that gives warmth, and comfort and not a destructive thing and changes everything, showing the change in Montag. His whole life, fire has meant death, destruction, and censorship. In his society fire has always been cold and unforgiving, so when for the first time in his life it means something other than censorship, he feels free. He is finally with this group of scholars who will help him grow, learn, and develop his own ideas. He can finally do something in the world for good, and share his knowledge with others when they truly need it. Fire doesn’t mean coldness, censorship, and destruction. Fire means warmth, freeness, and light. This whole new
Firefighters symbolize censorship because they are used to instigate and carry out government control through the destruction of books. Instead of needing firefighters to save residences from being burned, firefighters are ordered to burn houses containing books. Firefighters and their actions describe how Bradbury uses symbolism to show that restrictions are in place when control is
I calmly parried every thrust. “Power,” I said, And you, quoting Dr. Johnson, said, “Knowledge is more than equivalent to force!” (Bradbury 103). The conversation clearly conveys Montag’s battle with Beatty. Beatty describes a “dream” he had to subtly tell Montag that he knew about Montag’s rebellion and he would always be superior by describing his “furious debate on books”.
In the very beginning of the book, as Montag worked at his firefighter job, he came to love fire. With his symbolic helmet marked 451, the temperature at which paper burns, and his permanent grin singed and driven by the flame that he spread. He used kerosene, a clear flammable liquid that he wore as perfume, on pigeon-winged books that would catch fire on the porches or lawns of the houses he and his fellow firefighters visited. Montag loved fire, (how it destroyed, and the spectacle of it) so much that to him "it was a pleasure to burn, to see things blackened and changed"(pg.1). As an enforcer of the government's ban on books, Montag enjoys the sight of things being blackened and changed; after all, it is part of his job.
Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 tells the story of a future world where books are banned and burned. At the heart of this story is a theme of information censorship, where ideas and knowledge are suppressed by an oppressive government. In Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury uses the motif of fire to emphasize the dangers of censorship and to illustrate how the destruction of books and knowledge leads to a society that is unable to think critically or question authority. The novel introduces the motif of fire in the opening scene, where protagonist Guy Montag is seen burning books.
He makes great changes choosing his knowledge over the life he could’ve kept at home, in the city full of censorship. He chose to leave his life in the city behind him to spread knowledge to others, to run away from the life he had. Montag shows a connection to knowledge rather than ignorance because most characters in the book do not realize their ignorance because they do not realize how they’re being deceived. They do not care what books are about nor what knowledge is about. Yet Montag’s development in the book leads him to.
Fire is bright and fire is clean’” (63). At first, Montag is a little adverse to this philosophy. However, when it comes time to tear apart his own home—his own life and memories—with a flamethrower, he feels the return of the curious fascination and all- too-easy escape of putting everything to the torch. He found that “as before, it was good to
Throughout this story we watch Montag’s perception of fire mirror his development. We watch Montag evolve from a very ordinary man in his society to the complete opposite. Montag’s job as a fireman shows that he is obviously for book burning. In the beginning of the book Montag expresses his love for his job, he says “It was a great pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed”.
Montag’s change in attitude to fire demonstrates his growth. In the beginning, Montag claims his job as a fireman burning books "was a pleasure" (1) showing that he was an ordinary person in this society. One day during Montag’s job, he
Near the end of the book on page 106 it says “‘Why’ said Montag slowly ‘we’re stopped in front of my house.’” Montag being a fireman makes this ironic because of his pursuit of knowledge was his downfall. The point is that he went against the world he knew to find out that the world he got in return was worst. At the beginning of the book “It was a pleasure to burn.” Montag thinking this at the very beginning without knowledge he truly believes it is a pleasure to burn.
Montag is a normal fireman living in this society until he changes his mentality because of major events in the story, his personal experiences, and several influential characters. In the beginning of the story Montag is completely at peace with his life, his job, lifestyle and his identity. “It was the pleasure of seeing things eaten, to see things blackened and changed”(1pg.).
In the text it states, “‘There must be something in books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house…’” (Bradbury 48). This quote is from the beginning of Montag's un-indoctrination of the ordeals he had been taught his entire life, but it can be seen that he almost understands the value that can come from books and their teachings. This is able to once again show how dangerous censorship and propaganda can be when consumed in mass. In the novel it states, “Nobody listens anymore.
This quote shows how much Montag has really changed. Before now he never questioned his work or why he does what he does making this moment completely alter his character. This event even makes Montag question quitting his job which always meant so much to him. This also made him realize everything he has ever done wasn’t by choice but by the influence of his family. (add a lot more info about his
The author uses these descriptions to elicit the deeper meaning of the Fahrenheit 451, to show not only how the society is lifeless and monotonous but also how Montag views on the world changes from being satisfied with society to wanting reshape the mindset of the society. Montag’s perspective on burning changes once again while he flees the
Montag’s curiosity and crave for knowledge is constantly getting the better of him, causing him to make rash decisions. The narrator excitingly blurted, “Montag’s hand closed like a mouth, crushed the book with wild devotion, with an insanity of mindlessness to his chest. The men above were hurling shovelfuls of magazines into the dusty air. They fell like slaughtered birds and the woman stood below, like a small girl, among the bodies. Montag had done nothing.