Convinced that books he burns contain powers, Montag secretly analyzes books with Faber’s, a doubtful professor, help. Soon, Montag gets caught by his strict boss, Beatty, and runs away finding a group of intellectuals. Fahrenheit 451 is organized thematically. The first chapter, Hearth and the Salamander, reveals the false relationships between Montag and his wife Mildred. In the second chapter, Sieve and the Sand, Montag tries to memorize the Bible but remembers a childhood memory of himself playing with a sieve and looking at the sand drift through.
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, is a novel about a futuristic society where books are banned and firemen burn books rather than put out fires. The main character Montag is a fireman who lives with his wife Mildred. Montag ends up stealing books which is against the law especially because he is a fireman; and Mildred is against anything that has to do with books. Society wants everyone to be happy but there 's an alarming mechanical hound in this novel that kills people and is asymbol of fear. Bradbury’s novel shows how a society overcomes the eradication of books through the use of symbolism, motif, and imagery.
People talked too much. And they had time to think. […]’”(Bradbury, 60) Montag’s view of society dramatically changes after his discussions with the girl mentioned above, his neighbor. His neighbor’s free-thinking ideas influence him to believe that it is a dystopian society he lives in, even though almost everyone thinks of it as utopia. He kills the Chief and the other firemen to prevent them from going after a fellow book reader.
In Fahrenheit 451, Montag meets Faber, a cowardly old man who is trying to change the society’s view on books through Montag. However, Montag realizes that Faber should not be changing the world, and instead should change himself and his cowardly ways. Faber has admitted himself that he is a coward, and requests Montag to carry out his plan for him through a device he created—an earbud, resembling a Seashell earpiece, that receives and sends sound. With this device, Faber planned to “...sit comfortably home, warning my frightened bones, and hear and analyze the firemen’s world, find its weaknesses, without danger” by giving Montag commands through the device—Montag and Faber would become one unit (87). With Faber’s commentary and advice, Montag
In the beginning of the novel, Guy Montag believes fully in the reasoning behind his job, and does not seem to question it at all, as he is characterized as someone who stands up for what he believes in. That is until he meets Clarisse McClellan who makes him stop and ponder on his ways of going about life. He begins to think doubtfully about the burning of books and looks to his conscience to find that maybe burning all of those books was the wrong thing to do. “Maybe the books can get us half out of the cave. They just might stop us from making the same damn insane mistakes!” (Bradbury 71).
Guy Montag’s perspective of the firepole and the overall concept changes from delight to disgust over time because key elements around him help break down the once impenetrable wall of his mind that the government has built as they see fit. The birth of this conflict happens at the very beginning of Fahrenheit 451, when Ray Bradbury describes not only the fire station, but also the way Montag looks and feels at that particular moment. This opening is the last point in which Montag feels happy about his job. The fact that he “ hung up his flameproof jacket neatly”(4) and “ he showered luxuriously” (4) proves that not only does Montag feels happy where he is, he loves his job. In Montag’s eyes, the fire pole is like a gift from God.The pole itself is described has a “golden pole” (4).
In the world of “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, books are burned to a crisp simply because they have conflicting opinions. Guy Montag is a firefighter and in this dystopian world, firefighters start fires instead of putting them out. Montag soon learns about the importance of thinking and literature with the help of his new friends Clarisse and Faber. An important theme in the novel is the power of literature. In the part of the novel where Montag reads the poem “Dover Beach” to Mildred and the other ladies, Mrs.Phelps is deeply affected and starts to cry.
After Algernon died, Charlie realized that he would start losing intelligence soon. Charlie decided to pick up a book that he used to enjoy, called Paradise Lost, “but when I picked up Paradise Lost I couldn’t understand it at all. I got so angry I threw the book across the room” (Keyes 23). When Charlie throws the book, it demonstrates how frustrated Charlie was because he couldn’t read it. The author also illustrated the level of stressed Charlie had by making Charlie throw the book instead of just being mad at himself.
Jane finds healing whenever she is with Miss Temple and Helen as they treat her with kindness that she does not receive during her childhood. Miss Temple as mentioned by name becomes “a sort of shrine of ladylike virtues: magnanimity, cultivation, courtesy-and repression” (Gilbert & Gubar 344). Bronte uses Miss Temple to represent the woman that Victorian period accepts and yet does not lose her independence as the scene where she stands against Mr. Brocklehurst demonstrates. Miss Temple acts as a guide to Jane as she takes her first step of learning how to fit among other people. Jane also describes Helen Burns having powers within her which “kindle[s]…[and] glow in the bright tint of her cheek” (Bronte 55).
Two seemingly unalike books like Fahrenheit 451 written by Ray Bradbury and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass written by himself provide a great example of comparing the two different themes and even finding common ones between them. Every time a book is read, deep thought should be taken in order to fully understand the themes and morals the author is trying to impose on his or her audience. In this case, the pursuit for a higher education, freedom, and developing oneself. Fahrenheit 451 is a book about an everyday fireman living in a future United States whose job is to burn books. At the beginning of the book, the main character, Montag, meets a girl who loves to read (Bradbury 4).
Fahrenheit 451 Leah Kinzer Period 1 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a book that I had heard much about before reading it. I chose this book because I thought that it sounded like an interesting storyline and I wanted to read a dystopian novel. A theme that I found big throughout the story was that it’s never too late to change your fate. Guy Montag spends his days working as a fireman. His job involves him traveling to homes where their owners hide books and burning them to the ground.
In the novel, Fahrenheit 451, written by Ray Bradbury, a story is told about a man named Guy Montag, a fireman who burns books in a society where books are illegal and everyone is trying to be happy in the wrong ways. Montag ends up questioning the ordinary and discovers that books are the answer, not the curse, so he escapes society to start all over. Through Montag’s experiences and influences, he learns that there is more to the strange life he is living, which changes his character. “It was a pleasure to burn” (Bradbury 1); says Guy Montag. Montag is content with his way of living.