Clarisse is like the chains breaking off of Montag or the prisoner, kept in the shadow. The allegory of the cave helps the reader understand that Clarisse was the enlightenment for Guy Montag. Throughout the entire story, Montag, and all of the other citizens were under the image that books were a bad thing, and firefighter had to light them up. Captain Beatty explains “...here was no longer need of firemen for the old purposes. They were given the new job, as custodians of our peace of mind, the focus of our understandable and rightful dread of being inferior; official censors, judges, and executors.
In the famous novel Fahrenheit 451 the main character ,Guy Montag, undergoes a dramatic transformation from the first page all the way to the end. He turns from a thoughtless, hollow, futile nobody into a wise and understanding man who ends up fighting the very laws he enforced. In the beginning he considered himself to be a loyal and devoted to his job as a fireman whom in this futuristic society instead of putting out fires they burned and destroyed books and the buildings in which they were hidden from the authorities. He had been doing so for now ten years and thought nothing of it as if there was nothing wrong and it was meant to be done. That was until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who showed him how to be different and helped him open his mind to greater things in life.
Due to this, much of their history and knowledge is forgotten. There society is very chaotic without books. To add to, even though the firemen burn books in the novel, that is not the reason the society doesn’t have knowledge. The reason they don’t have knowledge is because there is a law against reading and having books in possession. Just like Ray Bradbury says, “Just get people to stop reading them”, this is exactly what the government in Fahrenheit 451 does, and it works because the citizens have no clue of
In the first four pages of Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury uses figurative language to describe how Montag lives jocundly ignorant about his superficial society, when in reality he is destroying it. Bradbury begins by describing Montag as someone who enjoys destruction with his “fiery smile” (Bradbury 4) alike most citizens in this futuristic society similar to current society, for “It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed” (Bradbury 2). Blackened and changed is a metaphor for the process in which firemen burn knowledge out of society, something Montag believes is right and takes part in. He thinks that burning is a beautiful thing to do, and that his hands are “the hands of some amazing conductor playing
He is 30 and married to his wife Mildred that is only with him because of his money and talent. He works for the fire department and scorches books for a living to keep knowledge out of people’s heads with a slight twist. The world sees him as a generally afraid person that is very insecure about what he does that Montag is a rebel that does not abide by the rules and does not do what he is told. Montag shows rebellion when he says “Didn't firemen prevent fires rather than stoke them up and get them going” (Bradbury, 5). In this quote, he realizes that what he does for a living is wrong and he should change his ways and do what a fireman is supposed to do.
As a fireman in an alternate dystopian reality, Montag was happy with his job burning books. He felt that being a fireman and part of a team were part of his identity. Montag continued his job as a fireman until he was forced to burn down an entire
(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.
Montag must abandon all previous views and principles he had about society to enable a change. Through the character of Montag, Bradbury suggests that individuals are courageous when they sacrifice themselves for the improvement of society, even when there is a risk of achieving nothing. Initially, Montag seems as static and obedient as all the others in this totalitarian society; however, through talking with Clarisse, Montag’s views change, causing him to question the rules around him. He realizes how dull and pointless his life is. Stealing the book from the fire is his first courageous act because it shows how much Clarisse has influenced him.
"Trying to be happy by accumulating possessions is like trying to satisfy hunger by taping sandwiches all over your body" (George Carlin). Comedian, social critic, and author George Carlin's words may seem laughable, but his underlying point rings true for our society today: fulfillment does not lie in material possessions. This idea of materialism appears in several pieces of literature, including Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Fahrenheit 451 features a 30-year-old "firefighter" named Guy Montag, who lives in a futuristic society revolving around technology such as wall-sized TV's and "seashell" radios. Though conscious of his luxurious lifestyle, and how fortunate he must be, he comes to the conclusion that constant self-indulgence leads
It all begins on what seemed like a normal day in a normal world. Guy Montag, liked being a fireman, “It was a pleasure to burn.” (Fahrenheit 451, p. 1) However, this in his world being a fireman had a different meaning entirely. A fireman did not help save people or put out the fire they started them. A call would come into the station and off they would go to burn, books of all things. Fahrenheit 451 follows the basic three-stage pattern laid out in a monomyth where the main character, Guy Montag, departs upon his journey from his known world into his own initiation, to return a new man.
People don’t want perfection, they want to be content with life. But ignoring the real troubles does not mean that society is content, it means society is oblivious. By society not taking action towards the problems in the world, that is no better than the people in the book Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury wrote a cautionary tale putting his prediction of the future into the book Fahrenheit 451. His prediction was that people would become so absorbed to their “barber shop families” and “seashell radios” (Bradbury) that they have no concept of world problems.
Like every other fireman in Montag’s community, Montag loved his job. Montag voices, “It was a pleasure to burn [books]. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed” (Bradbury 1). A quote supporting the fact that book burning was not only a job to Montag but a passion. Information citizens know are derived from the government, and since the citizens also have no access to books, they can only rely on information from the government.