Theme Of Death In Fahrenheit 451

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While death is permanent, life continues to change. In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag demonstrates this idea as each time the motif of death appears, Montag’s perception of the world is distorted. The deaths of three very influential figures in Montag’s life allow Bradbury to push Montag to his limits. On each occasion where death is present, a change occurs in the way Montag processes the intricate workings of society’s influences on his life; and he begins to become more rebellious and self-aware.
The first time the motif of death shows up, Mildred has just come face to face to death which leaves Montag questioning his life. By Bradbury allowing Montag to see Mildred almost die, he lets Montag stumble upon a situation that he has not encountered before. In doing so, Bradbury makes Montag question his own life and forces him to adapt to the new circumstances he faces. Montag begins to question if the person in front of him is his wife as, “The bloodstream in this woman was new and it seemed to have done a new thing to her. Her cheeks were very pink and her lips were very fresh and full of color and they looked soft and relaxed. Someone else’s blood there. If only someone else’s flesh and brain and memory. If only they could have taken her mind along to the dry cleaner’s and emptied the pockets and steamed and cleansed it and reblocked it and brought it back in the morning. If only…” (Bradbury 14). Montag starts to scare himself with thoughts of his wife becoming

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