Fahrenheit 451 Quote Analysis

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“Don’t judge a book by its cover” (Bradbury 155). This is a traditional quote that is most relevant to a story and modern day society. In the beginning, Montag would burn books with much pleasure believing that books are considered “evil,” but later on in the novel he confronts Clarisse. Faber, and Granger whom guided Montag to realize how wonderful a book can be, how much meaning and depth they have to improve one’s life, and how they can make one feel “reborn.” Ray Bradbury’s compelling novel, Fahrenheit 451, tells the story of a fireman, Montag, whom is trying to seek happiness, and freedom by thinking that books function as a human being that can help him solve the problem he is currently facing. This novel is based upon a chaotic, collapsed …show more content…

For instance, “It was a pleasure to burn. It was a pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed” (Bradbury 3). Montag in the beginning was ignorant, he was blinded by his own ignorance, because he expressed pleasure when it came to burning books and making other innocent people’s life a total misery, and especially his own life because he was never living a life full of freedom and happiness like how he was wishing for. However, all this changed due to the power that books retain within each other because Montag was confronted by knowledge, the desire to keep books and not let any harm get in their way. He was finally able to seek happiness rather than disgust and hatred over himself, he was finally free because he did the bidding for others and followed every command Captain Beatty told him to commit; acted as a slave, and he was willing to sacrifice his own life just for the sake of books and finally reach a state of peace and harmony for him and the society; this changed everything from Montag. Not just that, but when Granger meets Montag and tells him the importance of knowledge that they hold within each other as well, “’But our way is simpler and, we think, better. All we want to do is keep the knowledge we think we will need intact and safe. We’re not out to incite our anger on anyone yet. For …show more content…

To begin with, an event that occurred was when Clarisse and Montag first met each other and “’She started up her walk. Then she seemed to remember something and came back to look at him with wonder and curiosity. ‘Are you happy?’ she said.” (Bradbury 10). Due to this event Montag developed knowledge through Clarisse, whom truly made him to be more open-minded onto how the society he was currently living on functioned, and was able to seek happiness and freedom due to Clarisse and books. In other words, Montag’s curiosity starts to kick in after meeting Clarisse because due to her he was starting to question more about his life, his role as a fireman, and she was the one whom challenged Montag onto reading books. Also, when Faber explains to Montag into more depth about the hidden meaning behind books and says to him “’So now do you see why books are hated and feared? They show the pores in the face of life. The comfortable people want only to wax moon faces, poreless, hairless, and expressionless. We are living in a time when flowers are trying to live on flowers, instead of growing on good rain and black loam. Even fireworks, for all their prettiness, come from the chemistry of earth. Yet somehow we think we can grow, feeding on flowers and fireworks, without completing the cycle back to reality….’” (Bradbury 83). This event is able to tell us why people dislike books

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