Fahrenheit 451 shows how people’s rights to free speech and media are essential to a free thinking society. Guy Montag, the main character, is a firefighter, which in his futuristic society means he burns books for the government because they are illegal due to the potentially controversial ideas they contain. Montag meets a girl named Clarisse, who helps him realize he’s not really content in how he’s living his life and in his relationships, which begins to change his viewpoint on the society’s standards. His wife Mildred, as well as the rest of society, are highly materialistic and shallow in their daily activities and interactions. Montag eventually steals a book during the fireman’s raid on a house, which leads him to seek out a man named Faber, who is an educated man, and helps encourage Montag to take steps to action.
In the book Fahrenheit 451 Beatty is killed by Montag. To understand this event we need to understand what 's happened. Beatty addresses Montag on the dangers of books. Beatty makes Montag feel intimidated. In his hand is a flamethrower at this time.
The oppressive society impacted Montag's identity because at the beginning of the book he believed in burning books and at the end of the book he didn’t believe that books should be burned. Three events that burned exemplify this impact are stealing his first book, watching the girl burn her house down and her in it, and him burning his own house down. The oppressive society impacted Montag's identity when he stole his first book. Montag is looking for a book to steal to read. In the book it tells us how montage stole the book “Montag's hand closed like a mouth, crushed the book with wild devotion , with an insanity of mind lessens to his chest” ( 34-35).
Fire is a symbol that is seen throughout the novel, and over the course of the story, it represents multiple ideas. In the beginning, fire respresented destruction and power. Montag and the other firemen used fire as a tool to burn away anything undesired, such as books, knowledge, and even people. It was the fireman’s job to destroy anything that was causing unhappiness or discomfort. Fire became something to fear, and this fear was how firemen, like Beatty, became so powerful.
A usual fireman will try to put off fires but Montag is a fireman that starts a fire with his flamethrower and burns books and the houses where they are illegally kept. Firemen wore helmets that had the numeral numbers of 451 which represented the temperature that paper burns. Montag meets a young girl named Clarrisse and suddenly realizes the emptiness of his life when he was questioned about his happiness. Since then, Montag questions what he had been doing and what he had not and searches for an answer/reason why stuff was like the way it was. Guy Montag can be a brave character because he decides to put himself in a situation where he is the outlier in the society.
Montag, before, had blindly followed and enforced society’s rules about burning books. But now that he sees someone’s life be taken by his enforcement, he starts putting in hard consideration about the very things that are against the laws of his own society and wonders why exactly his society would ban books. (STEWE-3) Eventually, he questions his society so much that Montag starts rebelling by reading books against the rules, now determined to find the answers to his questions about
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“And there was a shrieking blaze, a jumping, sprawling, gibbering mannequin, no longer human or known, all writhing flame on the lawn as Montag shot one continues pulse of liquid fine over him” (Bradbury 119). This quote is taken from perhaps the larges twist and turning point. A point in the book where Guy Montag burns his fire captain alive to save the life of himself and his book loving friend. Montag is killing a person of his
In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, reading books is against society's rules. Montag starts to wonder what it is about books that society roles them to be forbidden.The fire station goes and burns down houses with books and the chief of the fire station is Beatty. Although Montag killed Beatty, he thought he was doing the right thing. Montag is justified killing Beatty because montag was trying to protect himself, and was also trying to protect Faber, and Beatty made Montag burn his own house down. Montag’s emotions could be clouding his judgement and the way he is processing everything, he may have been thinking irrationally.
I heard once that a long time ago houses used to burn by accident and they needed firemen to stop the flame”(Fahrenheit 451,Ray Bradbury, 2013, p. 6). Through the representation of Guy Montag, (the novel’s protagonist,) Bradbury gives us an example of a human who is tired of his life and wants to change something. However Montag finds out that the only way of forgetting the old times is to ‘burn’ them, so he decides to run away from the city. This is what makes Fahrenheit 451 an example of dystopian literacy, where harsh and oppressive government controls society’s minds and have a lack of religion and literacy in a social