Montag witnesses both sides of fire in his lifetime. He has seen it cause pain and destruction but also bring hope and new beginnings. Just as a Phoenix rises from its own ashes, so too does Montag who rises from his faults and transforms into a flaming spirit of life lit by the words of wisdom derived from works of literature. Throughout the novel, Fahrenheit 451, fire can be seen as a symbol of destruction and chaos. The firemen use fire to burn away all works of literature and continue their hunt for books until all are destroyed.
Ironically, he kills him using the weapon that he is fighting himself--fire. Montag does not feel like he has much alternative other than torching his boss. One way that this relates to our current world is there continues to be many murders and deaths. The same thing applies to Fahrenheit 451. At one point Clarisse says "I'm afraid of children my own age.
(MIP-1) In the first section of Fahrenheit 451 it is obvious how much Montag supports his society, doing his job without question, giving his wife what she wants, and he thought he was happy with his life. (SIP-A) Since he is a fireman it’s obvious that Montag has some experience with fire. Since the first few words of the story, it’s clear that Montag loves fire. (STEWE-1) The first words of the novel are literally:”It was a pleasure to burn, It was a pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed”(Bradbury 1). Montag is already described as a bit of a pyromaniac, a person with an obsessive desire to set fire to things.
In the novel Guy describes what he does when he has been called to “duty” and when he uses the fire. The fire not only destroys the books and the ideas which were on the pages, but also the houses of which people live. On page three Bradbury writes, “It was a pleasure to burn. It was a pleasure to see things blackened and changed” (Bradbury 3). This statement portrays the fire as destructive and used to burn and blaze history.
In the dystopian setting of the story, fireman burn books, which have been banned in an attempt to make everyone equal. Montag, like any normal member of society, ponders the reasons that he does his job and questions what is wrong with the books. Montag’s curiosity and crave for knowledge is constantly getting the better of him, causing him to make rash decisions. The narrator excitingly blurted, “Montag’s hand closed like a mouth, crushed the book with wild devotion, with an insanity of mindlessness to his chest. The men above were hurling shovelfuls of magazines into the dusty air.
Montag began his career as a dedicated fireman. He was taught to burns books and he performed this task well, taking great joy in his life as a firemen. He loved the smell of kerosene burning the books at 451 degrees Fahrenheit. These were the books that were so vehemently hated. But this all changed when Montag met a young girl by the name of Clarisse.
Fire can be symbolic for good. It can also be symbolic of bad like hate. In the novel Fahrenheit 451, fire is symbolic of many things, both good and bad. Montag, the protagonist, after meeting a girl named Clarisse starts a transformation. It is through Montag’s transformation sparked by Clarisse throughout the novel, the houses burning bring the people together, The Phoenix represents transformation because it rises out of the ashes.
By the end, Bradbury’s message will be clear. Fire is something that is used on a daily basis, but is it used to burn? In the beginning of Fahrenheit “fire burned the evening sky red and yellow and black” (Bradbury 3). In this scene fire had “destroyed” innocent books that had caused no harm to anyone. It also makes people arrogant such as Montag “he would feel the fiery smile still gripped
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
He uses it to intimidate the citizens of Fahrenheit 451, as well as a means of garbage disposal. Some examples from the book are, “Its real beauty is that is destroys responsibility and consequences. A problem gets too burdensome, then into the furnace with it… clean, quick, sure; nothing to rot later.” That quote is from and can be found on page 109 of Fahrenheit 451. Also another example of this is, “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.
Montag has been introduced to the dark and he is trying to change the way people act, now with the help of Clarisse and faber he comes into the light and he realized that books shouldn’t be burned,instead that the books should be preserved. Fire was both light and dark,but it was the matter of how it was used. "It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed. "(Bradbury 7)