Theme Of Paradox In Fahrenheit 451

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After the true face of the system is revealed, the dystopian protagonist begins his journey of self-discovery. Montag realizes that “a man was behind each one of the books. A man had to think them up… It took some man a lifetime maybe to put some of his thoughts down” (Bradbury 25), that by burning books, the government can change the history and alter the truth. Consequently, Montag cannot go on with his life after what he discovered. He goes to Faber, a retired English professor, who conspires with Montag to take down Beatty and the fire station with all its men. Moreover, he helps him escape the hound and guides him to a group of people who live down the river. Montag discovers that he is not alone; all these people know the importance of books and they memorize them. Henriette Wien explains, “Montag’s resistance, therefore, should be read as paths to the ultimate emotional and spiritual re-connection” (Wien 69). Eventually, after the city’s destruction by bombs, Montag and his intellectual friends decide to start a new life seeking the free future they desire. Ray Bradbury uses the…show more content…
The technique of paradox is highly employed in the novel to express the contradictions that surround the world of Fahrenheit 451. Firemen are a clear example of paradox. They are supposed to put out the fire and save people from burning instead, what they do, are quite the opposite. They start the fire and burn anyone who stands in their way. Technology is also a part of the paradox. The mechanical hound is described as “the dead beast, the living beast” (Bradbury 11). Although it is a machine, its description is usually related to human attributes; the mechanical hound “slept”, “lived” and “thinks”. Sometimes the firemen play with him, and Montag believes that the hound does not like him. It is clear that they interact with it as if it was a real dog, forgetting that it is a
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