Turning Point In Fahrenheit 451

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His commander and almost friend, vaporized in brilliant red flame. His hand played by the harsh dictatorship for simply seeking knowledge. How did the world come to this? How did Montag find the blood of chief Beatty on his hands, watched by millions, just for reading, and what can we learn from it? Guy Montag, a fireman, the kind that starts fires instead of stopping them. Specifically he burns books, which are now illegal. Books have been so harshly shunned by the people that it is perceived as a very odd thing to enjoy. After some influence by a high-schooler named Clarriese, he sees that maybe books might not be as bad as his society has told him. What budged him to the turning point was a woman who decided to immolate her life, finding …show more content…

After hearing how everyone thought Clarriese was crazy he started to be a little more suspicious when society just decided people were completely mental, when it seemed they really weren’t. After lots of introspection he takes up reading, just to see what it’s like. This didn’t last long as he grew to be fascinated by the books. He enjoyed them for their contrasting and unique perspective on the world. While others including his chief, will tell you that this is all purposeless rambling, Montag sees this as amazing and wonderous. Chief Beatty, decidedly being fed up with Montag’s obsession, gives Montag a flame thrower, points it at his house and tells him to pull the trigger. Guy, seeing this to be the only recourse, pulls the trigger… on Beatty! Now that Beatty has been completely deformed by the intense flame Guy now must flee if he is to survive the multiple mechanical hounds they send him. After much stress and running he finally makes it, to a suburban area of like-minded firemen. Finally, the city Montag once called home is then bombed by an unnamed enemy without a single townsperson even …show more content…

The real reason books were banned wasn’t for censoring information, it wasn’t to make people stupid, it came because the people were stupid. Beatty, along with likely most people who didn’t bother with books think that they’re needless yelling and opinions that overall amount to nothing. People don’t bother because they don’t want their opinion challenged. The scary part is that this can be seen today. Unless people see something they agree with they don’t bother. They live in what is called an ‘echo chamber’. These are massively present today (reddit). These have got to the point where the news, instead of giving an unbiased report, will only appeal to one side or the other. Almost every news network does this and that in itself is already terribly dangerous but this can only get worse and the book demonstrates that in a very shocking way. As Beatty said: no one wants to be challenged, so no one does get challenged but unfortunately this leads to the consequences above of nobody caring about what they might have lost in the human’s march

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