Fahrenheit 451 Research Paper

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Fahrenheit 451 By: Ray Bradbury Thematic Essay Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a story about a fireman named Guy Montag. Guy Montag wanted to find out who he really is deep down, but he couldn’t because he is a fireman. Firemen along with everyone else in the story are not allowed to question society, break any laws and especially, are not allowed to be different. Montag quits his job as a fireman because he wants to be different, he wants to be free and he wants to bring hope into the world for a better future. Montag begins to do what he wants, regardless of what people say as he begins to defy society. He wants to show that he is free and that it is okay to be yourself. Many people can’t do what he does because they’re afraid of change, …show more content…

To illustrate, Ray Bradbury writes, “‘... you must be’-she raised her eyes from his professional symbols- ‘the Fireman.’ Her voice trailed off.”(Bradbury, 4). Another example is when Ray Bradbury writes, “‘You want to give up everything? After all these years… because, one night, some woman and her books--’ ‘You should have seen her, Millie!’”(Bradbury, 52). This is a use of plot development from Ray Bradbury. He writes of Montag meeting Clarisse, and she changes his life as well as the story. He also writes about Montag wanting to give up everything including his job because his opinion is changing. When Montag first meets Clarisse, he is just like everyone else, he doesn’t have an opinion and does what he is told. He is not free nor independent. This part of the story when Montag meets Clarisse, is crucial to the plot. This is because she changes him, she gets him to try new things, and she gets him to start questioning the way things are. If this entire part of Montag meeting Clarisse was taken out of the story, the plot would be completely different. Ray Bradbury casually writes about them meeting, yet something so casual can have a massive impact on this plot. The moment Clarisse notices that Guy is a firefighter is the moment she realizes that she needs to transform him into something greater. She met him and immediately could tell …show more content…

This is because everyone is afraid of change. They just think that things should always be done the same, exact way because the people before them did it that way too, they feel that they don’t need to ask questions and that they should always take the easy way out of everything. These three reasons develop the theme because they develop different parts in the story which overall makes up this story. They didn’t believe they could or should change, but Montag was once one of them, and he proved them wrong. He didn’t care what it would take, as long as he could make a difference in the world. The craft and structure are like bricks, when put together they create something bigger, in this case, it was the theme. The theme was built entirely on these two factors. The way that Bradbury added structure and craft to Fahrenheit 451 was in a certain way that made the story what it is, everything small and large in this book had a

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