“Fire represents destruction, of books, of people, of society.” (Lorcher) Burning Bright represents violence, death, ignorance yet also warmth, and love. (Weebly) “The standard use of fire to warm and heat had been replaced to be used for destruction and entertainment in this society” (DeReign) Montag’s understanding of fire and burning as destruction is completely reversed by the end of the book by warmth and renewal. (DeReign) “The resurrection symbolism of fire is personified by the phoenix and salamander. The linked concept of purging evil by fire led to the cruelest atrocities.” (Tresidder) “The house fell in red coals and black ash. It bedded itself down in sleepy pink-grey cinders and a smoke plume blew over it, rising and waving slowly back and forth in the sky.
For instance, Montag follows through with many destructive actions that he enjoys such as the burning of books. As a fireman, he starts fires instead of eliminating them. Montag’s actions are very destructive through the burning of books, one of the worst methods of destruction. The use of fire to burn books that contain valuable information in them reveals the destructive symbolism of fire. Flame has the ability to destroy the valuable information that the society depends on,
Ironically, instead of putting out the fire firefighters begin fires; however, this happens to be Montag’s occupation. In Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag, consecrates societal expectations but is taught to overcome them and change what he believes is the right. As he is consumed in the ideology of society, Montag concludes setting a blaze to books is justifiable to appease to the law and maintain equilibrium. He sought a “pleasure to burn” the novels, observing them blacken is what he enjoys but moreso he enjoys the feeling of justice after burning books (Bradbury 3). Over the years, society implanted this idea into Montag's head telling him it is laudable.
This quotation occurs on page 49 of Fahrenheit 451 from the first part of the book, The Hearth and the Salamander. A house was on fire and there was a woman inside it with her books. She refused to let go of them and leave the house. The woman’s actions led to Montag thinking differently about everything and was telling his wife that there may be something important in books. c. The quotation
“They stole it!”’ (Golding 195). The phrase “got our fire” shows the worry is Ralph's voice about how they do not have a fire. The word rage displays the anger Ralph has that could break up a society. This quote is important to the theme The downfall of society without consequences by diving into the the structure of the society and how it was taken from Ralph. For someone who is dependent on fire it will be hard for Ralph to be without it.
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. At the end on the other hand the end with all the knowledge he has gained he realizes that it isn’t that he would rather be a criminal than a respected fireman. The Irony just like symbolism helps shape the world of Fahrenheit 451 and its theme.
A Psyche of the Impactful Characters of Fahrenheit 451 The novel Fahrenheit 451 brings to mind the technological obsession and the deficiency of interaction between human beings. The author, Ray Bradbury, fabricates a world where firefighters incinerate books of owners along with all their belongings instead of saving them, creativity and curiosity are forsaken, and books are illegal. Possessing any kind of book will result in the readers’ home and books to be burned, and then the owner will be placed in jail. With the drastic change of perspective on society through the help of a knowledgable person , the main character was able to go against the conformity of society. By examining the issues of the novel and the characters struggle to change people’s stance on knowledge, the
(Bradbury 78) Similar to Mildred’s mindset is Beatty, who is a fireman that works with Montag. For instance, he reminds Montag of the importance of burning books by saying, "The important thing for you to remember, Montag, is we're the Happiness Boys... you and I and the others. We stand against the small tide of those who want to make everyone unhappy with conflicting theory and thought. We have our fingers in the dike. Hold steady.
He ended up getting found and someone named Captain Beatty, told Montag to just burn the house down room by room and escape that way. 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.
The search of knowledge can help take away the doubt, but it can affect the ones around you. Victor doubts and knowledge cause the death of his wife, best friend, and his brother. Victor should have known that bringing something back to life would had consequences. His relentless search of knowledge did brought him suffering because he involved his family and didn't thought about the consequences. Victor’s passion about learning new things brought him to the creation of an ugly monster.