Significance Of Fire In Fahrenheit 451

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Our society has, and is having, many issues when it comes to choosing between solving problems and avoiding problems, and Ray Bradbury, the author of Fahrenheit 451, has seen this and he represents it with fire. He wanted to display some messages through fire, so he has society use fire to remove problems, but this blocks society’s ability to be humane and it allows them to have an unnatural urge to remove and destroy. Also, Bradbury tries to tell the readers that fire is part of nature and it can help the humanity and creativity within people. When fire is used in unnatural ways, it changes the thought process of characters, and this shows the general message of how moving fast and not learning destroys people’s humanity. Fire has been a constant symbol used by…show more content…
They are so confident that they will run on for ever. But they won 't run on. They don 't know that this is all one huge big blazing meteor that makes a pretty fire in space, but that some day it 'll have to hit. They see only the blaze, the pretty fire, as you saw it’” (Bradbury 99-100). Society is blinded by fire, since fire causes society not to see the texture, or details, of life around them. The women couldn’t see the true problem right in front of them, so fire, or moving fast and removing problems instead of solving them, keeps society from seeing its true issues. Likewise, Beatty was trying to convince Montag to think of fire the way he did, for Beatty always wondered as to, “‘What [it] is...about fire that 's so lovely? No matter what age we are, what draws us to it?...It 's perpetual motion; the thing man wanted to invent but never did. Or almost perpetual motion. If you let it go on, it 'd burn our lifetimes out. What is fire? It 's a mystery’” (Bradbury 109). What the author meant here when Beatty said this was that fire has always been something people are drawn to, and if it is embraced and used by people to do more than it should, it
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