Webster’s Dictionary defines character as, “the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual”, these qualities can range from a simple opinion, to an action, to a character’s lifestyle. While Guy Montag from Fahrenheit 451 and Wade from Ready Player One are both uniquely distinct, they share many qualities that unites them as one. The first similarity of the two characters is that they both come from a world where modern technology consumes everyone’s daily lives, and both Wade and Montag must realize that a virtual reality, whilst perfect in sense, is not the truth. Montag realizes this after Clarisse asks him if he is truly happy, his immediate answer is a defensive yes, but after his wife tries to commit suicide, and Montag starts to think about his situation, he realizes that his response to Clarisse was a lie. “He was not happy. He was not happy. He said the words to himself,” (Bradbury, 9). This sudden realization that Montag has changes his view on almost everything, and caused him to fight the comfort of his daily life to seek the truth left in the real world. Wade also goes through similar circumstances, and when he wins The Hunt, and finally meets …show more content…
Montag’s main goal was to bring actual intellectual data back to everyone, and his main way of doing that was by stealing books, but he was unsure of how to change peoples’ views. When Granger told Montag that, “even when we had books on hand, a long time ago, we didn’t use what we got out of them,” Montag realizes that people must be taught over time, so that they can understand what is being said, rather than having it shoved down their throats. Wade learned patience by persevering and not giving up no matter how long The Hunt took. The first key took Wade, “five long years,” to find (Cline, 9). He had to learn that if he waited and focused he could eventually win The Hunt, and once he learned that, he
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Regardless of the rise in technology, society is not becoming anti-intellectual like the society in Fahrenheit 451. In the article, Are we living in Bradbury’s 451? by Mathew Ingram, the author provides valid arguments about technology and how it helps rather than creating or contributing to an anti-intellectual society. Technology informs the population about the news, politics, allows access to online classes, directions to locations immediately, and social interactions around the world. Not only does it benefit us however it also benefits the environment by cutting back on the production and use of paper, helping create a “greener” environment.
The Positive Force of Knowledge “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle,” said Father James Keller. Knowledge is an act of understanding and a source of power, our whole society is based upon knowledge and critical thinking. Although it is sometimes used as a weapon, knowledge can be used for good too. Throughout the book Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury shows that the power of knowledge is positive through his characters beliefs, thoughts, and experiences in the story. Bradbury shows the idea of knowledge being a positive influence through his characters beliefs.
A usual fireman will try to put off fires but Montag is a fireman that starts a fire with his flamethrower and burns books and the houses where they are illegally kept. Firemen wore helmets that had the numeral numbers of 451 which represented the temperature that paper burns. Montag meets a young girl named Clarrisse and suddenly realizes the emptiness of his life when he was questioned about his happiness. Since then, Montag questions what he had been doing and what he had not and searches for an answer/reason why stuff was like the way it was. Guy Montag can be a brave character because he decides to put himself in a situation where he is the outlier in the society.
In the fictional novel "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury, the two character Montag and Clarisse, lived in the future where the government is corrupted. As time evolve and the world is changing, the sense of logic become twisted in this society. The world in "Fahrenheit 451" is a place where the idea of "firemen put fires out" appeared to be "long ago" (Bradbury 25). Firemen in this society no longer put out fire, but instead going to start them. The action of a firemen spraying "kerosene" over burning fire is described as an "amazing conductor playing all the symphonies" suggest that this society is twisted (Bradbury 2).
Guy Montag’s journey begins when he realizes that his society is missing something and after initially refusing to let it bother him, he takes action. The first step of the hero’s journey is the Call to Adventure. In this stage of Montag’s journey, he is introduced to a new way of looking at the world. Specifically, in the novel Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury makes known the moment Guy Montag’s life is truly changed, when, “his [Montag’s] hand, with a mind of its own… plunged the book back under his arm, pressed it tight to sweating armpit, rushed out empty, with a magician’s flourish!”(35). The rules of this society prohibit books and the moment Montag stole the book, he had broken the law, signaling that he did not agree with everything in
What begins the changes in Montag and what are the changes in him? In Ray Braudbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag undergoes major changes because of the influence of other intellects and events; in effect this caused him to ruminate about events that were considered “normal”. Montag’s occupation is firefighting, however he is not the traditional version of a fire fighter. Montag does not put out fire, but rather helps ignite them.
Neil Gaiman once wrote, “some books exist between covers that are perfectly people-shaped” (Gaiman xvi). The idea that books can be defined as the sharing of thoughts and information between people reveals a deeper meaning in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. In Fahrenheit 451, the protagonist faces a society in which books are censored and, thus, burned. This, according to his definition, means that if books become banned, certain connections between people will, too, be destroyed. Ray Bradbury reveals the theme (the importance of books) through the protagonist’s dynamic character, which comes as a result from his conflicts with society.
Montag displays his determination in his conversation and brawl with Beatty, when escaping the murder of Beatty, and when reaching the river. Montag exemplifies determination when talking with Beatty. Before Montag confronts Beatty, he “felt his right foot, then hit left foot, move. ‘Old man,’ he said, ‘stay with me’”
His contact with a 17 year old girl named Clarisse McClellan, an elderly woman who was willing to die for her books, and an old professor named Faber, help Montag start to question things and begin a transformation that takes him from the rule following, book burner; to an idea challenging, book reader
Some say the most important thing in life is knowledge. In the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury the protagonist is Guy Montag, who is a firefighter that burns books. Montag is faced with enormity and the complexity of books for the first time, he is often confused, frustrated, and overwhelmed. At times he is not even aware of why he does things, feeling his hands are acting by themselves. Montag has certain physiological, sociological, and psychological traits that make him so unique.
The quote " Character is what you are in the dark" by Dwight Lyman Moody means that we show who we truly are when we face dramatic events. Sometimes, there are events that makes us discover a little bit more about ourselves, perhaps our full potential, our stands on certain topics, etc. The majority of people have certain characteristics that they don't show to everyone, things that they prefer to keep secret. I think this quote is very accurate because we often have to face difficulties to demonstrate who we really are and discover our true potential. Our character is a reflection of the moral and mental qualities that make us distinctive to everybody else.
In stories, a character can be influenced by many things. In Bradbury’s, Fahrenheit 451, Montag meets new people, and finds out new things about people whom he already knows. Along the way, the people he interacts with influences his choices and actions; including Clarisse, Mildred, and Faber. Frequently, Clarisse influences Montag’s choices and actions. In the beginning of the book, she influences Montag by making him realize that he is not happy with his life, by asking him the simple question, “Are you happy?”
(MIP-2) From certain experiences, Montag comes to realize that he’s not actually happy with his life because he discovers that it lacks genuine, valuable, or humane relationships, eventually driving him to find the truth about his society by making him think about and question it. (SIP-A) Montag realizes from his experiences with Clarisse that his relationships in his life lack genuity, value, or humanity. (STEWE-1)
Both Ray Bradbury and E.B. White’s given excepts analyze the purpose of direction in life through descriptions of the natural world. For example, the motif of smells is evident in both excerpts to connect the ideas of direction, observation, and searching to physical images and things. In Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury writes “There must have been a billion leaves on the land; he waded in them, a dry river smelling of hot cloves and warm dust” (144). Meanwhile, in Stuart Little, the repairman describes, “I have sat at peace on the freight platforms of railroad junctions in the north, in the warm hours and with the warm smells”. “Warm smells” carries the connotation of being attractive to the senses.