The novel, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, takes place in a dystopian society that strictly forbids reading or have a printed book in your possession. The protagonist named Guy Montag, is a firefighter who burns any illegal books that are found. Montag in the beginning of the novel is an average citizen who hates books and does not understand the true value of them. He is known as a salamander, Montag can walk among the books he is burning, but he won’t get affected by them. But as the story continues, he begins his transformation.
In both books, there are obscure similarities between Montag and Smith. For instance, they are both main characters, both are located in a dystopia, and both are indecisive or weak in some way. To clarify, both are in a dystopia, they both live in a world where technology has created distance between specific people and their relationship to other members of society. In Fahrenheit 451’s science-fiction world, Montag is a Firefighter.
At the beginning of the book Montag acts without thinking about what he is doing. It is only when Clarisse McClellan starts talking to Montag that he starts thinking about what he is doing and why he is doing some of those things. For example, one of the biggest concerns he has is why is he a fireman. When the book begins, Montag is not thinking about what he doing for his profession. It is in the job description to burn books and the houses that came along with them and he goes about his job conscientiously.
The societies of Anthem and Fahrenheit 451 prove to be a major obstacle in the lives of the main characters as they try to escape the strange lifestyles in order to discover new and unique knowledge. When compared to the societies of today, one can notice the significant differences primarily the restriction of free-thinking. In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury describes a society where censorship is supported and in Anthem, Ayn Rand portrays a society where collectivism dominates and free will is opposed. In both novels, the author emphasizes the impact of rules, collectivism, and censorship that hinder free-thinking and affect the main characters both externally and internally.
Both of their lives are affected in both texts. Blow and Montag had the same and different views on reading and writing, mainly reading, and how they were introduced to it. Charles Blow had it easy compared to Guy Montag. He wasn’t as censored from books as Montag. Montag wasn’t even allowed to look at a book without someone calling the fireman and burning it.
This is due to technology. For example, on page 13 it states, “Got so many, starting a few years ago, we had the special machines built.” This shows that the technology has gotten out of control by allowing simple minding people to do extreme tasks. No one cares how little they know, because it’s as simple as that; that is all that they know. In “Harrison Bergeron”, the theme is exhibited in a different way.
Although this gives him an advantage because he is not ignorant like the rest of the society, it ends up being a burden. While conversing with Montag, Beatty talks about how he has tried to equate the universe and make sense of the various opinions and contradicting ideas in books. Although to people such as Montag, Faber, and Granger this knowledge seems like an advantage, it is a burden to Beatty. Beatty is puzzled and troubled by the fact that he can not make sense of the literature, and for this reason he wants to die. By killing him, Montag frees Beatty from the shackles of knowledge and allows him to move on into an ignorant and peaceful state of mind.
Most people abide by the “everything happens for a reason” which is true. When thinking about it, people make a decision, whether it’s good or bad, and then think about the outcome or what it is to bring. In Fahrenheit 451 Guy Montag, a fireman got his life changed by Clarisse McClellan a 17 year old that opened his mind. She showed him that the books he was burning meant more then what he was noticing. Unfortunately, Clarisse died because of a “speeding car”.
Some news is always being told, but the people are never given both sides of the story. We read in the book that controversy is always avoided by the television news. In an effort not to provoke trouble, or thinking, the information that is given only ever has one side. Also, they quickly move from one subject to another, not giving anyone time to think about what they are being fed from the t.v."Speed up the film, Montag, quick ... Uh! Bang!
This is because Pyrrha changes, but it is on her own free will and her emotions are not as strongly involved. On the other hand, Pyrrha causes Horace to change his mindset. Horace has been emotionally affected by the change Pyrrha inflicts, causing him to change his way of living drastically to no longer spending time romantically in love (citation). Additionally, Horace writes a the Ode to show his change and how someone else is loving her now (Horace, Odes, 1.5). An ode is a dedication to a subject.
After they discovered the subway they went they everyday and experimented with new stuff they got from the community and started learning about the unmentionable times. After a while of experimenting he discovered the power of light. Light could change the whole community but when he tried to show it to the council they all shunned him and didn’t accept it into the community. Throughout the whole book Equality had to fight the society and their ways they saw the community should be, but Equality had a different invision of the community, a community that was filled with individualism and not Equality, Collectivism, or Conformity.
Imagine a world where firemen start fires instead of putting them out. Fahrenheit 451 is set in a utopian, or dystopian to us, society, where books are burned and people rarely have real social interaction. Although Fahrenheit 451 seems nowhere close to our society, we are both alike and different to their world. The freedom of information is both very different and somewhat alike.
Two seemingly unalike books like Fahrenheit 451 written by Ray Bradbury and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass written by himself provide a great example of comparing the two different themes and even finding common ones between them. Every time a book is read, deep thought should be taken in order to fully understand the themes and morals the author is trying to impose on his or her audience. In this case, the pursuit for a higher education, freedom, and developing oneself. Fahrenheit 451 is a book about an everyday fireman living in a future United States whose job is to burn books.
Firefighters are not individual in any aspect of their appearance, personality, likes and dislikes or even their smell. Montag came to the realization of this while thinking about his job and how his peers looked gazing into their lighters. He asked himself “Had he ever seen a fireman that didn’t have black hair, black brows, a fiery face, and a blue-steel shaved but unshaved look?” And then quickly confirmed to himself that he had never seen anyone who did not look like his “mirror-image”(Bradbury 33). This repetitive and unnecessary question was used to confirm the nonuniqueness of the firemen while portraying a societal expectation placed upon them of looking this way.
Citizens in Montag’s world do not question the government because they are unaware of the contents of books, which have been censored from them. Additionally, purging society of books destroys years and decades worth of precious information retaining the world’s history. During a conversation with Clarisse McClellan and Montag, Clarisse asked, “ ‘Is it true that long ago firemen put fires out instead of going to start them?’ ‘No. Houses have always been fireproof, take my word for it’ ”(Bradbury 6).