Purposeful Structure In Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

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“Wherever my story takes me, however dark and difficult the theme, there is always some hope and redemption, … I know the sun will rise in the morning and that there is a light at the end of every tunnel.” - Michael Morpurgo. In a future dystopian society, all printed materials have been banned. Enforced by the fire department, whose role it is to burn books, the attempt to create an emotionless society has been taken to an extreme. Guy Montag is a fireman who is not respected by his peers. He doesn 't question what he does or why he does it until he meets Clarisse. Some firemen steal books because they are not allowed to have them and read the books. They soon get tired of reading and learning so they burn the book. This is called having an “itch”. Montag does not get over it and keeps stealing books. Soon, he finds himself having a secret stash full of 20 or more books Bradbury tells us this using purposeful structure. What is purposeful structure? The purposeful structure is the way the story is structured. Ray Bradbury uses…show more content…
Montag feels uncomfortable when around Mrs. Phelps and Mrs. Bowles and thought, “So it was now in his own parlor, with these women twisting in these chairs under his gaze, lighting cigarettes, blowing smoke, touching the sun-fired hair and examining their blazing fingernails as if they caught fire from his look” (Bradbury 92). I can definitely see why he felt this way. The women were looking at him as if he put their hair and fingernails on fire by just being in the room. He felt melancholy because the women were looking at him accusingly instead of being friendly. He would have rather the interaction been not as awkward for him or his wife Mildred. This promotes the theme that we should not judge people before we get to know them better. We should try and be natural and friendly with people that cross our
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