Of Government Differences In Fahrenheit 451, By Ray Bradbury

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In the novel Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, Montag, who initially conforms to societal standards unquestioningly, transforms into a rebellious character who deviates from government expectations; he discerns that when one diverges from the norm, they can question society’s motives and rebel against government oppression. Montag originally conforms without hesitation. He learns from the books and begins to doubt and question the ideals he once upheld. Upon his choice to rebel against the dystopia, Montag escalates the impact and size of his personal rebellions. The realization that he is a mirror image of the ideologies imposed upon himself and the citizens prompts a transformation and vindictive uprising against the oppressive government. Prior to his transformation, Montag upholds the ideals of conformative society; the citizens see no reason to doubt because they all demonstrate the principles the controlling government enforces such as dehumanization and ignorance. When Montag meets Clarisse McClellan, she says the citizens “all say the same things and nobody says anything different from anyone else” (Bradbury 28). Clarisse strays from the typical beliefs and behavior, instead choosing to question the community’s core principles; due to this, she has the ability to understand the similarities between the citizens in the dystopian society. In contrast, Montag cannot comprehend how the inhabitants are all reflections of one another. Owing to this, Montag is unable to
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