Unfortunately, that was frowned upon in the society he lived in, so he had to be sneaky. Eventually, he was caught and forced to set his home as well as his books on fire. He then killed his boss then escaped a huge police manhunt. After escaping the police, he joined up with other scholars and tried to save his city. Although Bradbury sets the story in a distant future, his goal is to make readers aware of some
Commentary #4. The most important theme of Fahrenheit 451 is restriction of freedom of speech because of the fear to offend another person in the society. There are strict censorship laws in the totalitarian society of Fahrenheit 451. In the novel the job of a fireman is to start a fire and watch the forbidden literature burn, these firemen had never read the books they burn nor were they all allowed to keep one for more than 24 hours.
Bradbury also uses the motif of fire to show the dangers of censorship. At the beginning of the book, fire shows destruction. “ A great nuzzling gout of fire leapt out to lap at the books and knock them against the wall” (Bradbury 3.29). The is a literal act of censorship. The books are being burned so people are unable to read them.
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. First, Clarisse, a teenager, shows Montag how much we have lost through her thoughts and emotions.
The main character in “Fahrenheit 451” is Guy Montag. One of the main things I understood about him as a person before was, he enjoyed burning books and houses, as quoted “It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed.” (Bradbury 1) But then he meets a girl named, Clarisse McClellan, and she asks if he was “happy.” At first he said to himself he was but soon, he realized that he wasn’t.
In the book, firemen are manned with flamethrowers instead of fire extinguishers to burn books. People are brainwashed that books are dangerous and that they must be destroyed. Several book burning incidents in his lifetime had influenced Bradbury to plot the story in this way. According to Weller (2013), Bradbury wrote about the influence of Hitler’s and Stalin’s book burnings in a later introduction to Fahrenheit 451 which was published in 1966. This clearly shows that book burning was at the forefront of his mind when he wrote his novel.
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.
The world in this novel has fallen to shreds at the hand of technology and its unbreakable control over people. We live in a world now where we control the technology, while they live in a world that is controlled by the technology. The people are lost without their “seashells” and “families.” They don’t know how to make a genuine human connection and care for someone. That part of their human nature has been stolen by the technological advances that have taken over their minds, so much so that people will try to get one another killed just for the television entertainment.
The reader sees the true identity and belief of curiosity that has been hiding in Montag and the treacherous side of the once trusted Captain Beatty. When Montag’s wife reports him to the authorities Beatty has his own words to share with Montag, “A problem gets too burdensome, then into the furnace with it. Now Montag, you’re a burden. And fire will lift you off my shoulders, clean, quick, sure.” His words pierce Montag as Beatty then commands him to burn down his own home to clean up his own mess.
Dystopia is a society of human misery in which squalor and fear are rampant as the government enforces absolute power over its citizens, controlling them both physically and mentally. Dystopian literature is a style of fictional writing that explores societies crippled by deprivation and oppression. Since the citizens live in constant terror, rebellion is a natural consequence for citizens who want to survive. Winston is a citizen of Oceania who refuses to accept the conditions in which he lives and fights back. Rebellion is an element of dystopian literature that George Orwell uses throughout the novel 1984.
Their names lept into the fire, burning down the years under the axe and hose which sprayed not water but kerosene” (Bradbury page 31) The statement made in the book explains, how Montag felt about burning books and how he felt he was ruining what was once a good world. Guy had found many flaws in the utopian system starting with the way people had used their time while those who did not spend it consumed with a fake world were often seen as strange and peculiar rather than just normal everyday people. Death was normal to the people living in this world which is rather alarming and shows the darkness that underlies in the depressed society, “Six of my friends have been shot in the last year alone. Ten of them died in car wrecks…” (Pg.27)
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.
Fahrenheit 451 - Character Development Ray Bradbury’s entire book, “Fahrenheit 451” is about a man whose only passion in life was to do his job, burn books. Then, by meeting a strange girl one day, Clarisse, his entire perspective was changed. He was a man who captured people that broke the law to later breaking the law himself. In the beginning of the story Bradbury uses a collection of words to show that Montag loved his job.
(MIP-1) People in the society of the novel Fahrenheit 451 are absorbed in technology, they are so immersed in it that they are always using it and drawn to it in the novel. (SIP-A) A familiar character in the novel, Mildred, who represents the average person of society, is drawn to the technology and uses her devices constantly. (STEWE-1) Mildred is so drawn to technology that she lays in bed and listens to her earbuds all night, “And in her ears the little Seashells, the thimble radios tamped tight, and an electronic ocean of sound, of music and talk and music and talk coming in, coming in on the shore of her unsleeping mind.
Fahrenheit 451 is a science fiction novel that shows the futuristic consequences of technology, the willingness of people to being ignorant and letting the government govern even their ability of thought. The book portrays Guy Montag, the protagonist of the novel, as a fireman who burns books, but later realizes what the government is depriving of the citizens the ability to freely think for themselves. In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, readers encounter a number of symbols that help in understanding the intent that Ray Bradbury wants to bestow upon his readers. Those symbols include fire, the Phoenix, Montag’s jumping into the river, and the mechanical hound. The first and most noticeable symbol in Fahrenheit 451 is fire.