Fahrenheit 451 Essay Our hands open a portal from our thoughts to our actions and are powerful tools for the expression of the soul. Hands permit humans to feel, touch, love, caress, embrace, give, and take. Yet these are the same hands that can murder, destroy, hurt, and ruin. From praying for forgiveness to committing a sin, human hands can be unbelievably diverse in emotion and passion. Despite the constant obedience to the mind's commands and requests, sometimes hands expressively act upon strong desire without alerting the mind, but simply committing the operation. In Ray Bradbury's science fiction novel Fahrenheit 451, the symbolic image of hands evolve from a destructive and detrimental force to a gentle and prudent one. Hands play an immense role in the development and enlightenment of Montag's perception of his society because the representation of hands begin to advance along with his character. In the beginning of the novel, hands depict destruction and demolition because they relish and savor the pleasure of burning books. Hands are accused of …show more content…
For instance, as Montag's journey to enlightenment begins, his hands start to reflect his true intentions even though Montag does not want to admit it, “Montag's hand closed like a mouth, crushed the book with wild devotion, with an insanity of mindlessness to his chest” (37). Just as food and water would satisfy one's stomach, the books that his hands confiscate satisfy and fill the empty void in Montag's soul. Due to his stubborn nature, Montag holds his hands responsible and personifies them as having “a brain of his own” (37). Slowly as time moves on, the symbolic figure of hands who were once seen as destructive become gentle, and understanding. The “white hand” also embodies enlightenment as it commits the illegal operations that guide Montag to his goal
Dystopia is a popular genre in which authors write about a fictional society that is perceived to be perfect and ideal by the vast majority of the people in it. Authors must intrigue the reader, and this is difficult because they have to somehow illustrate a future that is vaguely similar to ours. However, it has to be completely fictional, which makes it tough to formulate realistic storylines. Nevertheless, these authors use literary elements to counter these difficulties and produce realistic characters and you can see this when Ray Bradbury, Ayn Rand, and James Dashner use symbolism in their respected novels, Fahrenheit 451, Anthem, and The Maze Runner. This literary technique gives Dystopian Literature the uniqueness and adds the key elements to make the story flow.
Joseph Brodsky once said, “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.” In an interview concerning his science fiction novel, Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury echoed these words because his novel displays such a crime. Although Fahrenheit 451 classifies as fiction, the book points out several problems that now take on the body of reality. Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 exhibits how technology possesses the capability of affecting people negatively through the characters’ actions and the story’s made-up creations.
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.
In Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, Montag, the protagonist and book burner, battles between the light and dark sides of society, first with Beatty, his boss, and the government and then with Clarisse, a neighbor girl and Faber, an English professor. Montag is stuck in the dark burning books and is ignorant to the world around him. He moves towards greater awareness when he meets Clarisse and is awakened to the wonders of deep thought and books. Finally, he risks his life by trying to save the books.
The topic of thinking freely was explored as a major theme in the dystopian fiction “1984”. In this novel George Orwell writes of a world where one cannot even think freely, if you think an illegal thought the “thought police” will come and arrest you for a “thought crime”. It could be said that thoughts are for “1984” what books are in “Fahrenheit 451”, both are used as an outlet to express themselves but if found carrying out those activities you would be arrested. Montag struggles with conjuring up with original thoughts because he has never before had an outlet through which to reflect upon his own relationship with himself, he has never truly been himself. Montag’s mental loss of freedom can be contrasted with Caliban’s physical entrapment in “The Tempest”.
Ray Bradbury, the author of Fahrenheit 451, presents a society in which humans suffer from depression, fear, and loss of empathy which are the result of censorship of free thought and knowledge. Humans suffer from loss of empathy due to their lack of human interaction. People live in fear of the government as the dystopian society deprives the people of knowledge. Depression is evidenced by suicidal tendencies caused by hollow lives. Bradbury uses the loss of empathy in order to demonstrate the effects that censorship of free thought and knowledge have upon the individual and society.
Fahrenheit 451 Fahrenheit 451 has different types of literary devices in order to convey a specific mood making the book more appealing. In Fahrenheit 451 Bradbury uses the literary devices of diction and syntax to create the feeling of being distressed and confused while trying to read the Bible on the subway. Also a feeling of detachment and seriousness while Montag has a conversation with Mildred while she is in the bathroom getting Montag an aspirin. Bradbury uses diction to contribute to the mood of being confused and distressed while Montag is trying to read the Bible on the subway going to Faber’s house. On the subway Montag is being described with the words, “insane”, “gorged face”,” screaming”, and ”cry”.
Bradbury first draws attention to the books as a symbol when the firemen burn the books. Books represent power; this society doesn 't want people to have power so they take it away from them. This symbol is the main focus of Fahrenheit 451. Bradbury states, ¨He carried the books into the backyard and hid them in the bushes near the alley fence¨ (Bradbury 2.364).
We, the people, have every right to know about what’s going on in our town and in the world because if the people got together, we could end so many things, such as the drought, the kids in Africa who are starving, and we probably can’t bring world peace, but we could have a better world if we tried. Although It’s not fair that we don’t get to know what’s going on half the time, the worst case scenario is that everyone will go crazy. In the story, “Fahrenheit 451”, it states, “He wanted above all, like the old joke, to shove a marshmallow on a stick in the furnace, while the flapping pigeon-winged books died on the porch and lawn of the house” (Bradbury 3). When you read this, you see this as a man who is probably daydreaming about wanting to roast marshmallows and possibly sitting at a fireplace, but when you really dissect the sentence and read the sentences before that, it clearly says that he enjoyed burning the books that he took from people, because no one is allowed to read any sort of books. Another quote from the story says, “They crashed the front door and grabbed at a woman, though she was not running, she was not trying to escape” (Bradbury 35).
Adriana Hidalgo Mr. Madin English 5th of January 2016 Illusion The absence of love, happiness and the distraction provided by technology harms human life in a way that many would agree that it harms humans more than it benefits them. The illusion of a perfect society can anesthetize people from what makes them human–their feelings expressed towards one another. In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, denying one's feelings can lead to sadness and depression which is a perfect reason why people in the society of 451 commit suicide. The illusion of happiness experienced by Montag, the protagonist of the story, Millie, Montag's wife, and everyone else in this society makes them oblivious about the unhappiness and emptiness in their lives causing them to act numb towards one another.
The Power Of Knowledge People can rely on literacy and social awareness to help them be better aware and more thoughtful. But when people have neither of these skills it can harm the view they have on their surroundings. Fahrenheit 451 is an example of what would happen if social awareness and literacy were looked down on. In the society where the story takes place in not many are socially aware or can read. This lack of awareness and literacy drives people to take great lengths for their beliefs and wants, this is a problem because they don't think about the consequences their actions will have.
Through the development of Montag, the main character of Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451, the importance of freedom of thought and ideas is not only stressed, but shown as an ideal worth dying for. “It was a pleasure to burn.”
(AGG) “Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down.” - Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451. (BS-1) It is throughout the novel that the hands of the main character, Montag, are seen seemingly acting by themselves, in order to help him to learn and grow. (BS-2)
Montag internally conflicts with himself as he gradually begins to consider what books truly have to offer. For instance, “A book alighted, almost obediently, like a white pigeon, in his hands, wings fluttering. In the dim, wavering light, a page hung open… Montag had only an instant to read a line, but it blazed in his mind for the next minute as if stamped there with fiery steel… Montag's hand closed like a mouth, crushed the book with wild devotion, with an insanity of mindlessness to his chest.”
In Ray Bradbury’s dystopian Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag experiences a paradigm shift as he transforms from a disoriented fireman to a learner who wants to gain knowledge through literature. Montag struggles with his newfound fascination with what was once trivial items because of his inability to ask questions under the bonds of conformity. However, the society prohibits people from reading for fear that they would express individuality and perhaps even rebel once they gain knowledge. Through the use of characterization and diction, the Bradbury demonstrates Montag’s desire for individuality and the society’s command of conformity in order to build a suspenseful mood, which keeps the reader’s interest. First, through the use of characterization,