Fahrenheit 451 Hypocrite Essay

819 Words4 Pages
What is a hypocrite? A hypocrite is someone who pretends to have moral beliefs and values and then goes against them. In the past we have had many hypocritical leaders. For example Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Fidel Castro. In the novel Fahrenheit 451, written by Ray Bradbury, one of the biggest hypocrites in the book was Captain Beatty. He said he was against books, but was he really? He would always quote books, so why is he so against them? In Fahrenheit 451 Captain Beatty can be considered the most hypocritical character. In the society in which Fahrenheit 451 firemen burn things instead of putting things out. Also, everyone usually fears the firemen. They have a bad reputation, and most people are afraid to even talk to them. The government has banned books, and they have altered facts about history and made the people believe them. For example in this society Benjamin Franklin was believed to be the first fireman to burn books, when he was really the first volunteer fire fighter. In Fahrenheit 451 the United States has started and ended two world wars since 1990. All the wars usually take 24 to 48 hours to fight. Then, the soldiers are back home safe. Everywhere else people are starving and dying. In the United States everyone is healthy and no one is…show more content…
One of Mildred’s friends called into the fire station to tell them that Guy owns books. Captain Beatty decided to let it slide. Then, Mildred called into the fire station to report her husband. Captain Beatty then told Montag that he had a special mission for him. What Montag didn’t know was that Beatty was going to have Montag burn down his own house. “It was really silly to quote poetry so freely like that Montag” said Captain Beatty. Beatty tells Montag that he shouldn’t quote poetry so freely when really Captain Beatty quotes poetry all the time. He even quotes the Bible and other historical
Open Document