The Curposeful Structure Of Guy Montag, 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 different purposeful structures to convey important themes.

Bradbury provides examples of one sentence paragraphs and uses these to help emphasize what is happening or being said. Montag was on the ground sobbing and in the middle of all the chaos, he rationalized and, thought that “Beatty wanted to die” (Bradbury 116). Beatty wanted to die because he felt eluded from society and from history. He felt this because even though he knew a little
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