In the book, Fahrenheit 451 the author uses fire as a allusion and compares it a lot with the personalities of the main characters. I think the role of fire slightly changes from the beginning to the end of the novel. In the beginning, it was shown as a way of pleasure towards the mindless destruction they caused to people and the books that meant nothing to them. Which later changed to be seen as a possibility of a new beginning, like the old saying, “When a door closes, a window opens,” but in this case, the characters open that ‘window’ by burning their past.
The book follows Guy Montag, a fireman who sets things on fire instead of put out fires. He enjoys his job until on one job an old woman decides to burn with her books rather than evacuate. Haunted by her death, Montag becomes confused on why books would mean so much to anyone. He then decides to find out for himself by reading books from a personal stash of stolen books. Montag has a personal revolution; he realizes the dangers of restricting information and intellectual thought.
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.
The novel, Fahrenheit 451, is surrounded by the main character, “Montag”, who is trying to see the world for what it really is, as it relates to the cave dwellers in the allegory. In the beginning of the novel, it shows how Montag is blinded by the world, considering the fact that he is a “firemen”. Firemen are portrayed as being destroyers of the world by some in the novel. This also relates to the allegory, in which the cave dwellers are also blinded because of the limited access to the outside world.
Symbolism in “Fahrenheit 451” The novel “Fahrenheit 451”, by Ray Bradbury, has many symbols. The novel is about a fireman, Guy Montag, who realizes knowledge is the most important thing to society. In the novel, firemen burn books instead of stopping fires from burning. Books are illegal.
“While the books went up in sparkling whirls and blew away on a wind turned dark with burning” (Bradbury, Ray 3). Montag is a fireman that does not put out fires, he starts them. Montag lives in a dystopian society where books are illegal to have and read. Books make people think and question things which can give them opposite sides to choose from which can make people become unhappy and worried.
Whereas water has the ability to flush out undesirable traits, fire has the innate gift of destroying negative objects or ideas completely. To be able to control a substance of that nature-one that is non living yet so alive while purifying all in it's path- brought Montag great pleasure because it gave him the ability to exercise
This “fire” in represents as books made illegal to stop the spread of knowledge due to the people of this future society becoming disinterested, and more interested in things such as speeding, talking to wall, that those people begin to believe in a false reality and show false emotions. There is also the totalitarian government of this future society that fears the sharing of knowledge because it would loosen the power that the government has created to overpower the people. Montag akin to the detainees of the cave begin to leave the cave to see the realities of their
Also, the firemen in Fahrenheit 451 have their job backwards. They burn books instead of putting out fires in an emergency. They carry around blow torches rather than hoses. It isn't right. The first word of the book on page 1 says, “ It was a pleasure to burn.”
Bradbury first draws attention to the books as a symbol when the firemen burn the books. Books represent power; this society doesn 't want people to have power so they take it away from them. This symbol is the main focus of Fahrenheit 451. Bradbury states, ¨He carried the books into the backyard and hid them in the bushes near the alley fence¨ (Bradbury 2.364).
In Fahrenheit 451, a dystopian fiction novel written by Ray Bradbury, the concept of book burning is manifested to a great extent. The main character, Guy Montag, is a fireman whose primary job is to burn books and start fires, rather than prevent them. This is because books are illegal in the world presented in Fahrenheit 451. The supposed reason for this is to restrict the thoughts and thinking of everyone and limit their questioning. Book burning is not something contemporary but dates back to hundreds of years ago. Numerous incidents have occurred where, books, manuscripts, sacred texts and pieces of writing were burned. From Emperor Qin Shi Huang 's order in 213 BC that all books of philosophy and history from anywhere other than Qin province in China be burned to Nazi’s burning all “un-German” books in 1933; book burning has occurred in all ways and forms. However, there is a common cause of most of the book burning, which is censorship. Moreover, a particularly fascinating incident regarding book burning is the recent burning of the holy book of Islam, the Quran by Terry Jones.
Moreover the fire also resembles the purging of Montag. Montag’ burning of his house and the TV signifies his rebellion and rejection of the vales of his society. Through burning his own house Montag like a phoenix destroys his old self by fire to be reborn from the ashes as a new person once again. Killing captain Beatty symbolizes the destruction of the system, because by doing so he frees himself from the influence of his society which give him the chance to think and choose freely for first time in his life. Also, another side of fire is also revealed to Montag ay the end of the novel when he meets the rebel group.
Fahrenheit Book Burner In the book Fahrenheit 451 firemen burn houses instead of putting fires out ,and the author Rad Bradbury includes how technology is “Taking over the Economy”. Firemen are the policemen of the future world ,and some humans have made mistakes by hiding books. The author reveals throughout the novel how montag goes through transformation and how he changes.
At the outset, Montag was consumed by the darkness. He was a fireman who started fires instead of dousing them. Asked how long he has done so. He replies, “since I was twenty, 10 years ago.” (5) All the time he was, burning book after book, not knowing the full extent of his actions; he was totally unaware of all the knowledge being destroyed at his hand.