The devaluation of the books and their replacement by technology, is clearly seen in both stories Fahrenheit 451 and The pedestrian. In Fahrenheit 451, it can be said that so far that the books were not completely forgotten, but they were already being replaced by televisions, which was the great technological novelty at the time. An example of this devaluation is the banning and burning of books. In the future narrated in the history, the books were burning by firemen, which also was the profession of the main character Guy Montag. In other words, the firemen do not put out the fire, they start the fire and only to burn the books.
Biblical Themes The novel Fahrenheit 451, written by Ray Bradbury is a dystopian science fiction. The main character, Guy Montag begins as a firefighter who ignites fires rather than extinguishing them. A corrupt government and society uses its citizens to destroy the past. By burning books and promoting technology and propaganda, citizens become numb to reality. Bradbury gives Montag pieces of Bible verses to help him understand the meaning of life and hope to move forward.
In the novel Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury composes a stunning tale of a high-tech, futuristic society in which Montag, the protagonist, is part of the new breed of firefighters, book arsonists. Philosophy, reasoning, and anything that might upset the minorities is hurled straight into the incinerator. Disruptive thoughts are replaced by cacophonies of sound exploding from luminous, color-ridden parlor walls. This overwhelming, hi-tech world has a profound effect on Bradbury’s characters and the society as a whole; stripping them of connection, self, and opinion, leaving only deluded happiness and an unquenchable need for entertainment. The parlor walls, Seashell Radios, film teachers, and simulated ‘families’ that consume this society jostle
Having an identity defines a person’s personality and traits. It also tells other people where the person learned his traits and morals. In the world, everyone is born with the same identity; however, a unique identity is flexible and changeable because a person can change his or her identity based on the environment he or she interacts with, as demonstrated by Guy Montag from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Montag’s identity first changed when he was disturbed by a traumatic and revealing event. As a fireman in an alternate dystopian reality, Montag was happy with his job burning books.
Charles Darwin was a biologist and scientist from 1809 until 1892 (bio.com, A&E televisions). He came up with the famous "Theory of Evolution." This theory states that "species come and go through time, while they exist they change" (“Charles Darwin & Evolution”). This man was mentioned in “Fahrenheit 451” because it is clear that Guy Montag has changed from the beginning of the novel to the end. He starts off as a fireman who sets houses on fire with the possession of books.
“ ‘There must be something in books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; … You don’t stay for nothing’” (Bradbury 54). This except from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is something Guy Montag, the story’s main character who is a fireman, tries to figure out. In this futuristic setting, ironically, firemen do not put out fires, however, they start them. The firemen’s job in the novel is to burn down houses which contain books, and to make sure that books are destroyed. The society in the novel is one that is obsessed with technology and has people who are too engrossed in their televisions and their headphones then to read books and converse with one another.
In the first four pages of Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury uses figurative language to describe how Montag lives jocundly ignorant about his superficial society, when in reality he is destroying it. Bradbury begins by describing Montag as someone who enjoys destruction with his “fiery smile” (Bradbury 4) alike most citizens in this futuristic society similar to current society, for “It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed” (Bradbury 2). Blackened and changed is a metaphor for the process in which firemen burn knowledge out of society, something Montag believes is right and takes part in. He thinks that burning is a beautiful thing to do, and that his hands are “the hands of some amazing conductor playing
“A book is a loaded gun in the house next door… Who knows who might be the target of the well-read man” as said by author Ray Bradbury. Ray Bradbury, is the author of the novel Fahrenheit 451. Books were a dangerous thing in the 2053 dystopian society of which Fahrenheit 451 is based. Many things are reversed from how things are today. For example, firefighters do not put out fires anymore, they start them.
Technology appears to do the talking more often now that humans have succumbed to it. In the futuristic society of Fahrenheit 451 technology is advanced but also manipulating. Many people within Ray Bradbury’s novel are damaged by the advancement of the cutting edge television screen. How has technology affected the progress of humanity? In the novel, Guy Montag attempts to thrive in a world where cars can go 80 mph in mere seconds but then he realizes he is not truly happy with himself.
Montag is already described as a bit of a pyromaniac, a person with an obsessive desire to set fire to things. To be clear Montag is a fireman, but not the kind that puts out fires, the kind that starts fires to burn books. (STEWE-2) Montag can also be described as happy in section 1 since he claims that he“grinned the fierce grin of all men singed and driven back by flame. Later, going to sleep, he would feel the fiery smile still gripped by his face muscles, in the dark. It never went away, that.
Fahrenheit Book Burner In the book Fahrenheit 451 firemen burn houses instead of putting fires out ,and the author Rad Bradbury includes how technology is “Taking over the Economy”. Firemen are the policemen of the future world ,and some humans have made mistakes by hiding books. The author reveals throughout the novel how montag goes through transformation and how he changes. Guy Montag has never questioned his job before he ever met Clarisse McClellan. For instance Guy Montag is confronted with a thought in mind of how he does not understand the whole truth about books.
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. At the beginning of the book, the main character, Montag, meets a girl who loves to read (Bradbury 4).