In the Fahrenheit 451 society, a totalitarian government rules with an iron fist, conforming everyone to be oblivious to their surroundings and do everything the government asks without question. Firefighters burn books because citizens are forbidden to read because it might stir intellectual thinking. Since thinking will cause rebellious uproars against the government, the government does everything it can to prevent it. Ray Bradbury lambastes conformity since it can lead to the loss of individuality. He utilizes Clarisse, technology, and an emotionally dead society to stress his position.
Huck faked his own death to get away from his father. He faked his death because he knew if he stayed there any longer, he could of ended up dead. Huck dressed like a girl and lied to a woman so he could steal supplies and obtain information. His lie did not go over so well because she ended up figuring out he was a boy, but she didn’t find out who he really was and he got the information he needed. Throughout Huck and Jim’s adventure on the river, he lied to multiple people about Jim.
Granger and his men, however, who Montag gets the chance to meet at the end, have given up living with technology and are very much like a family, something Montag really never got the chance to experience due to Mildred’s addiction to her parlor walls. When Montag when Montag is running from the hound, towards Granger, he uses the river to get rid of his scent and similarly his sins. It seems like Montag is reborn: “... splashed his body, arms, legs, and head with raw liquor;drank it and snuffed some up his nose. Then he dressed in Faber’s clothes. He tossed his own clothing into the river and watched it swept away” (133).
The dystopian society in “Fahrenheit 451” is known for destroying books to destroy the history and truth behind them as well because it can spark revolutions amongst people. The society also does this because they think it promotes more equality and less destruction. Another reason that this allusion is important to “Fahrenheit 451” is because it can be compared to characters in the story. This specific importance gives insight to the book. A very prominent example would be of Clarisse McClellan.
The book, Fahrenheit 451, written by Ray Bradbury brought to light some scary yet plausible ideas on the future of the world. In the novel, firemen are ordered to burn books and the public is brainwashed into worrying more about materialistic happiness than taking the time to think. The epigraph at the beginning of the book reads, “If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.” This quote is Ray’s way of drawing attention to the simple fact that although society will do its best to conform people to their liking, people must always challenge to question and rebel against the norm. One way this epigraph ties well with the book would be the ongoing challenging of the society that the main character, Montag, does all throughout the book. A prime example of this being the time when Montag had a lengthy and thought-provoking conversation with his wife, Mildred, on pages 146-151.
(Bradbury 78) Similar to Mildred’s mindset is Beatty, who is a fireman that works with Montag. For instance, he reminds Montag of the importance of burning books by saying, "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. We have our fingers in the dike. Hold steady.
“Montag only said, We never burned right… Hand it over, Guy, said Beatty with a fixed smile. And then he was a shrieking blaze” (Bradbury 113). Montag’s last encounter with Beatty pushed him over the edge by first threatening to find Faber and kill him, which made Montag turn off the safety switch (STEWE-2) After killing Beatty, the government labeled Montag a criminal. “He was three hundred yards downstream when the Hound reached the river” (Bradbury 133). Montag acts against his society by running away from the punishment they have decided to give him.
A Psyche of the Impactful Characters of Fahrenheit 451 The novel Fahrenheit 451 brings to mind the technological obsession and the deficiency of interaction between human beings. The author, Ray Bradbury, fabricates a world where firefighters incinerate books of owners along with all their belongings instead of saving them, creativity and curiosity are forsaken, and books are illegal. Possessing any kind of book will result in the readers’ home and books to be burned, and then the owner will be placed in jail. With the drastic change of perspective on society through the help of a knowledgable person , the main character was able to go against the conformity of society. By examining the issues of the novel and the characters struggle to change people’s stance on knowledge, the
Despite the constant obedience to the mind's commands and requests, sometimes hands expressively act upon strong desire without alerting the mind, but simply committing the operation. In Ray Bradbury's science fiction novel Fahrenheit 451, the symbolic image of hands evolve from a destructive and detrimental force to a gentle and prudent one. Hands play an immense role in the development and enlightenment of Montag's perception of his society because the representation of hands begin to advance along with his character. In the beginning of the novel, hands depict destruction and demolition because they relish and savor the pleasure of burning books. Hands are accused of
Faber began to show him the value of them and how no one understands it. The two of them decided to come up with a plan to show people that books are not worthless. c. Montag and Faber are living in a world where everyone believes that books have no value to them and should just be burned. However, these two characters think differently about them. Montag has been stealing books, and Faber has been teaching him about them.
Censorship of literature has always been a powerful means of manipulating society by limiting what the people are exposed to. This has been used as a way to suppress free thinking and new ideas, that could cause a shift in power in the society. The censorship of literature has been used by the powerful members of society forever, because of this societies fear the idea of their governments hiding information from the public. In Americus, a small town in Oklahoma is divided over a new teenager book series that some feel the series should be banned from the library. In contrast in Fahrenheit 451, a curious fireman indulges in a banded book, which enlightens him to a new outlook on life.
Nixon and his illegal trust situation was happening, he gave a famous speech called “Checkers.” He talked on his behalf about his personal worth (putting a lantern on your problems) and then “spinning” it with saying all politicians should give a list of their assets. Chapter 12: “The Press Is the Enemy” Be careful who you talk to because you never know who is going to hear. Keeping a clean mouth and not exposing or saying anything you wouldn’t want other people to know is a bad mistake. Especially if you talk to the media because the media was slur your words and make up an entire different story than you told them. It is important to be professional and clear when speaking to the media.
Another rhetorical question was, “Were all firemen picked then for their looks as well as their proclivities?”, this was also resolved in the next sentence by the reference of the appearances of the firemen as well as the way they all enjoyed smoking(Bradbury 33). While this may have originated as an individual taste for smoking society clearly made it commonplace and almost expected of the firemen to be smokers. The authors use of rhetorical questions projected the firemen as conformists to society which removed their sense of individuality. Bradbury characterizes the firefighters in Fahrenheit 451 as duplicates in this
Montag’s search for justice is him looking for knowledge that the government is trying to destroy and replace with simpler forms of entertainment such as TV. "’So now do you see why books are hated and feared? They show the pores in the face of life. The comfortable people want only wax moon faces, poreless, hairless, expressionless (85).’" People have gotten so politically correct that they would rather get rid of all different ideas than learn to understand and accept them. This laziness to deal with others lead to the government to destroy the ideas of different thinkers than what is considered normal to them.
In Fahrenheit 451, the identity of Montag was manipulated to show the extremity of the state’s control on his individuality. Where Montag’s job is a fireman, not the sort of fireman of today that fight fires, but a fireman who burns books. They burn books as the books contain ideas that could cause conflict and unhappiness among society. This theme is similar to that of We, as the One State has removed the identity of its citizens so that there is no pain, envy and confusion. The texts share the importance of thinking for yourself and having and expressing different ideas because if you don’t, someone else