Argumentative Essay Isaiah LaTurner Killing people isn’t good, but people fight wars and kill people to sustain a way of life, continue to survive and protect their family. In the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, there is a future where people are dragged down by technology and are like mindless sheep shuffling through life. This is sustained by censorship and limiting people 's knowledge, the government burns books and censors what people see on TV or listen to through their seashells, they use firemen to do this and censor everything. Montag, the main character, is a fireman and he begins to realize that the way of life that he lives in is severely flawed and starts to retaliate against society and asks help from an old friend named Faber. Beatty, the man that goes up against Montag, is also Montag 's fire captain, later in the story Montag kills Beatty to survive.
Can books and people change a person’s way of thinking? Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is about Guy Montag who is a fireman who burns books and houses. Throughout the book he realizes he’s not happy so he has to transform his mindset by using books and people. Guy Montag changes in the story through his increasing problems in his relationship and his perceptions in books. Throughout the first third of the novel Guy’s relationship with Clarisse was that she was be annoying and disrespectful to Guy.
Guy meets a teenage girl named Clarisse who changes his outlook on life and makes him want to read and gain knowledge. Unfortunately, that was frowned upon in the society he lived in, so he had to be sneaky. Eventually, he was caught and forced to set his home as well as his books on fire. He then killed his boss then escaped a huge police manhunt. After escaping the police, he joined up with other scholars and tried to save his city.
Montag eventually steals a book during the fireman’s raid on a house, which leads him to seek out a man named Faber, who is an educated man, and helps encourage Montag to take steps to action. Beatty, the firehouse captain, had been suspicious of Montag being in possession of literature. His dubious thoughts are found to be correct when Mildred turned Montag in. Montag is forced to go on the run, leaving the city for the countryside, where he finds other outcasted intellectuals. The city is bombed, leaving it completely destroyed and the society in ruins.
“The search is over, Montag is dead; a crime against society has been avenged.” (Bradbury 142). In the end, the government couldn’t find Montag, but because everyone was watching the search for him on their TV’s, the government killed an innocent man pretending it was Montag. The society was glad Montag was dead, even though it wasn 't really him. In the book death happens frequently, and it 's enjoyable to them. Violence in the book is a warning because in the future, violence could have a huge impact on our life.
It is evident that Beatty is in conflict with himself with his obvious hypocrisy over knowledge and books and his want to die, and this deeply affects the entire novel. The first sign of Beatty’s hypocrisy and internal conflict is when readers realize that although he dismisses books as useless and nonsense, he himself has read many books and is well educated in literature. When Beatty first visits Montag, guessing (correctly) that Montag is having doubts about his job, he tells Montag about how their society came to be and why the firemen exist, praising their role as necessary. He claims “the books say nothing! Nothing you can teach or believe.” (Bradbury 62).
As a prosecutor is he a calculated killer or a delusional madman? In the story “A Tell-Tale Heart,” by Edgar Allan Poe, it introduces a killer that has a motive of wanting to kill an old man because of the look of his eye. He plans to kill the old man by staying in his house for 7-8 days and by setting up a lantern in the old man’s room. Then, after the 8th night, he had put a heavy mattress over him suffocating him and leading him to his death. Additionally, he disassembles his body hiding each part under the covers and at the end, he turns, mad.
Within the first few chapters we meet Montag, the protagonist, a fireman whose duty is to not put out fires, but cause them by burning books. He then meets Clarisse, a young girl, who differs from the norm of their society causing conflict within Montag making
Some decisions Johnny made that were influenced by the gang members were killing the Soc, wanting to turn himself in, and saving the children in the burning church. A clear sign of the gangs influence on Johnny was when he decided to prevent the Soc’s from drowning Ponyboy and defending himself instead of letting the Socs beat them up and have them possibly drown Ponyboy. More specifically, after finally fighting back and killing Bob, he says to Ponyboy “‘I killed him’ he said slowly. ‘I killed that boy”’(Hinton 56). Here the author is explaining how shocked Johnny was once he killed the Soc.
Additionally, Montag’s horrific experience of watching a woman die for her books, makes him wonder what books truly contain. After witnessing a death of a martyr, Montag expresses that he is discouraged to continue his line of work to Mildred. He asks his wife and himself a question: Why was that old woman willing to die for her books? Captain Beatty’s confrontation with Montag furthers Montag’s interests in books. Thus, Beatty forces Montag to question his government and the information that was spoon-fed to him all his life.