Fahrenheit 451, originally a novel, depicts the time of censorship and large industrial development. In this futuristic American society, firefighters burnt books rather than extinguishing fires. The government banned books and depicted them to be useless, offensive and more severely, mind ruining. Moreover, the libraries disappeared and teachers did not teach students to think but rather to memorize and follow instructions. The protagonist, Guy Montag, who undoubtedly worked as a fire fighter later saw through the government’s suppression after talking with an unusual woman, Clarisse.
He ended up getting found and someone named Captain Beatty, told Montag to just burn the house down room by room and escape that way. Captain Beatty kept nagging Montag about why books were so important and why he wanted to have a stack so bad. Montag, getting mad, flips the switch on his flame thrower and ends up burning Beatty. Once Montag was gone from the city, he tried to be a better person and escape the man he used to be. Montag, at the end, does believe he is a better character and believes he is very different than what he used to be.
When Montag comes home from his long day at work he notices that his wife has overdosed on her sleeping pills(12). Another example of how Bradbury uses the dark tone is when Montag is doing his job as a fireman and had witnessed the suicide of an old woman with her books(43). These quotes represent a dark tone because it tackles the fear of death over learning in Montag’s culture. In his lifetime Montag realizes how important books really are.
Hold steady. Don't let the torrent of melancholy and drear philosophy drown our world" revealing that he believed that if people were allowed to read books, then there would be many problem and people would be unhappy, which is very ironic considering significant amounts of people are committing suicide everyday. (Bradbury 62) In Part II of Fahrenheit 451, Montag seeks Faber's help,a retired English teacher, and Montag want to get his bible reprinted. As Faber and Montag are talking Faber tells Montag, "Those who don't build must burn. It's as old as history and juvenile delinquents" meaning that those who cannot contribute to society are the ones who feel the need to tear it down.
The world of Fahrenheit 451 is a world devoid of books. In this world the protagonist Montag is a fireman, but in this world he burn houses insteads of putting them out, he goes against his government and occupation to steal a book from a burning house. To most effectively convey his message, Bradbury uses symbolism and irony to shape the theme that Knowledge can both be joyful and painful. The symbolism helps to shape the theme is Fahrenheit 451. In the book on page 67 it says “The sand and the sieve”.
In the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, there always seemed to be small things that portrayed bigger things.. Those in which includes burning books, violence, and mass media. How did the small facts of the utopia reflect onto bigger events? Montag and other characters grasped onto smaller things that led to big conflicts. Fahrenheit 451 takes place in a future society where they ban possession of books and reading and the job of firemen is to burn all books from people’s homes using the temperature of 451; the temperature that papers burn. After meeting a girl whom loves books, a fireman, Guy Motang, begins to rethink his job and society all together.
Ray Bradbury states in his novel Fahrenheit 451, that Montag is a fireman. He burns any books seen around in his community. He hates to see anybody using books. Montag eventually stopped burning books .He realized that burning books was wrong and immoral. On the other hand, Beatty and Faber are static characters, although they have different perspectives about the books, but their ideas are completely remain constant throughout the story.
In the Fahrenheit 451 society, a totalitarian government rules with an iron fist, conforming everyone to be oblivious to their surroundings and do everything the government asks without question. Firefighters burn books because citizens are forbidden to read because it might stir intellectual thinking. Since thinking will cause rebellious uproars against the government, the government does everything it can to prevent it. Ray Bradbury lambastes conformity since it can lead to the loss of individuality. He utilizes Clarisse, technology, and an emotionally dead society to stress his position.
Montag has been stealing books, and Faber has been teaching him about them. He learns that books reveal the bad parts of life, which is why many people hate them and decide not to read. However, Faber teaches Montag that books have quality in them and that people need to sit down once in a while and think. To make people learn more about this, they decide to come up with a plan. It involves putting books into firemen’s homes so that they would get burnt along with all the firehouses.
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.
Fahrenheit 451, a novel written by Ray Bradbury, is set in a fictional dystopian world of the future. The main character in the story, Guy Montag, is a respected fireman. However, in this era, firemen are government workers who start fires and burn banned books, instead of putting fires out, destroying years maybe decades worth of knowledge. Guy Montag’s society restricts the access of books to the public, limiting their understanding of ideas, thoughts, and emotions. In this novel, people labeled as misfits and outcasts are those who read and think.
Their names lept into the fire, burning down the years under the axe and hose which sprayed not water but kerosene” (Bradbury page 31) The statement made in the book explains, how Montag felt about burning books and how he felt he was ruining what was once a good world. Guy had found many flaws in the utopian system starting with the way people had used their time while those who did not spend it consumed with a fake world were often seen as strange and peculiar rather than just normal everyday people. Death was normal to the people living in this world which is rather alarming and shows the darkness that underlies in the depressed society, “Six of my friends have been shot in the last year alone. Ten of them died in car wrecks…” (Pg.27) Clarisse was a friend of Montag 's and was scared of how people are dying and did not want to be killed or become one of the ones killed. Technology is used as an antidepressant rather than just
Censorship of literature has always been a powerful means of manipulating society by limiting what the people are exposed to. This has been used as a way to suppress free thinking and new ideas, that could cause a shift in power in the society. The censorship of literature has been used by the powerful members of society forever, because of this societies fear the idea of their governments hiding information from the public. In Americus, a small town in Oklahoma is divided over a new teenager book series that some feel the series should be banned from the library. In contrast in Fahrenheit 451, a curious fireman indulges in a banded book, which enlightens him to a new outlook on life.