Fahrenheit 451, a novel written by Ray Bradbury, takes place in the future in a suburban city. In this futuristic society, books are banned and firemen burn houses where books are found inside. Guy Montag is a firemen that at first enjoys his work destroying books as a living. However, after several events, such as meeting Clarisse (a thought-provoking 17-year old), his wife overdosing on sleeping pills, and a women that decided to die with her books, he becomes more interested in books. He starts to illegally collect books and read them with his wife.
Born in 1920 to a middle class family, Ray Bradbury went on to write and publish over five hundred pieces of literature. One of the novels he wrote was Fahrenheit 451, where he attempted to predict what the United States of America would look like in the future. The novel illustrates the idea of a totalitarian government that burned books to stop the spread of knowledge, by following the development of the fireman Guy Montag, one could recognize that the developments of Montag are similar to the freed prisoners in Plato’s Cave. In which, Montag overcomes the ideas an ignorant society. Plato’s Cave portrays prisoners captive in a cave and forced to look at the shadows projected on the wall in front of them for their entire life, until one of them is set free and allowed to make a choice: go back to the cave or leave the cave.
After killing Duncan In act 2, scene 2, lines 39-41 Macbeth says “Methought I heard a voice say “Sleep no more! / Macbeth does murder sleep,””. Macbeth says that he killed Duncan during his sleep so now he won’t be able to sleep. He starts talking in third person and says that he can’t even think of what he did. Later Lady Macbeth starts sleepwalking from the guilt of helping Macbeth kill all of the people.
Montag attempts to get her out of the house and save her but she tells him to leave and lights the house on fire with a single match. He had taken a book from her house and brought it home. When he goes home that night, Mildred tells him that Clarisse McClellan is dead. The next morning he wakes up with “chills and fever” (48). Captain Beatty, head fireman, comes in when Guy and Mildred are discussing books.
As Plato writes, “Human beings living in a underground den, which has a mouth open towards the light and reaching all along the den; here they have been from their childhood” meaning that literally, people are trapped in a cave. This is directly used the Truman show, as the TV show set is the cave that Truman in chained in. When Truman starts to see the truth, he starts to believe he's crazy. He thinks that he's imagining everything, because it's hard to accept the truth. Plato writes, “if he is compelled to look straight at the light, will he not have pain in his eyes which will make him turn away to take and take in the objects of visions which he
The Allegory of the Cave is a story written about Plato out a 3 people locked in a cave since birth. In this cave they are chained up and only see shadows that are projected on the walls. One day a prisoner breaks free and and goes outside, he is instantly blinded by the Sun. As his eyes start to get used to the Sun he quickly realises that the shadows are not real objects, rather the objects casting them. The ex-prisoner returns to the cave to try to break the others free but is thrown back because they thought he was insane.
Similarly in Fahrenheit 451, Montag, the main character is forced to burn any and every book to try and remove the history of the past so no person can be more intelligent than one another. “....blazing and burning to bring down that tatters and charcoal ruins of history.” (Bradbury, Pg. 1) In the future, people try to hide what technology has done and is doing to the earth and the people living on it. Montag is a ‘fireman’ who burns these books almost all the time; Montag’s wife is not very thrilled with the life she has to live with Montag. She attempts to commit suicide; “The small crystal bottle of sleeping tablets which earlier today had been filled with thirty capsules which now lay uncapped and empty in the light of the tiny flare.” (Bradbury, Pg.
Quickly, as the whoosh of flames engulfed him, she shut the door and made her slow and painful journey back to the top of the house”(47-48). Plum goes back form World War I with heroin addiction and immerses in great misery. Eva is unable to watch her own child live in deep suffering, so she decides to burn Plum to death; she thinks the fire can give Plum’s life a clean and painless end. Nevertheless, Eva indeed feels sorrow and grief after burning her own kid—“ ‘There wasn’t space for him in my womb. And he was crawlin’ back.
During their argument the boiler was hissing, and when the narrator was trying to lower the pressure, the boiler explodes leaving the narrator paralyzed. The narrator gets treated by the factory doctor and he was told by the doctor that he needs to find a job that more suitable him. The narrator leaves the factory hospital and he collapses on the street when he left the subway. The narrator was helped by Mary, who took the narrator to her house. When the narrator got better, he left the house.
And those who are caught with books have their house burned, and are taken to the asylum. Ray bradbury uses the idea of banning knowledge and books ,to illustrate how the censoring knowledge isn’t always for the good. Without knowledge or the want to pursue knowledge, people lose parts of themselves. Guy Montag the protagonist is married to a woman named Mildred. She only cares about her tv relatives, and herself.
The book i am responding to is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. In Fahrenheit 451, there is a particular event in the book that rather shocked me. In section 1, from pages 33 to 37, Montag and his fire crew get a call to an elderly womans house in the middle of the night to burn her books. The firefighters demand she tell them where the books are and they tear up her house looking for them. What surprises me the most is that the firefighters start the fires and don 't put them out like in our modern day world.