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Farenheit451 W/Word Cited Essay, Research Paper
No books and the government’s promotion of televsion dimishes society’s
ability to think and to communicate is what Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit451 displays.
Firefighters of the future have a different job then presently. In the future, they are
to burn books to stiffle the intellects of the society for the government. Because the homes
are fire proof, there is no need for them to focus on the homes. The government
promotes television to occupy society from conversating with each other and expanding
their thinking abilities. Ray Bradbury’s Farenheit451 illustrates and that this censorship
leads to rebellion.
Guy Montag is a future firefighter who is a model citizen of the government.
Montag is a typical person of the future because he does not question the authorities or
wonder about his job and the point of burning the books. After work one evening,
Montag meets an abnormal teenage neighbor named Clarrise. Clarrise is abnormal
because she and her family talk which is different unlike the vast majority of typical
future families that just sit in front of the television. Montag and Clarrise would talk
every night as he arrives home from work. Montag notices the lack of intellect and
vastness and depth of conversation with people. He begins to think of books and
televsion in different ways. This leads him wonder about his life as a firefighter and if
what he is doing is the right thing to do. “The sun burnt every day. It burnt time…So if he
burnt things with the firemen and the sun burnt time, that ment that everything burnt!
One of them had to stop burning. The sun wouldn’t certainly”(Bradbury 141).
Montag notices this more while at work. A call about a woman hiding books in
her attic is reported to the firestation. They respond to the call to find the attic has
books in it. The firefighters toss all her books outside. As the firefighters soaked the
books with gasoline and burned them, the lady threw herself on top of the firery books
and died. Montag was in disbelief that his fellow firefighters would savagely let her burn
alive. Montag notices her devotion to books and wonders if books are really as bad as
the government percieves them to be. “Guy Montag, starts out as a loyal member of the
future society and only gradually shows sign of dissaffectional”( McNelly 68).
It is now that Montag starts seeing the world from a new perspective. He
meets a professor named Faber in the park one day and the two have an in depth
conversation with each other. He learns the professor reads books and wants to get a
hold of more. Faber decides to help Montag and gives him a radio to communicate with
him. Montag starts to steal books from calls and hides them under his house. He is later
suspected of stealing books by his fellow firefighter, Beatty. Beatty tells Montag why
they burn books and the reasons they are bad. During the conversation, a call is
reported from Montag’s house. His wife called the station because earlier that night he
read poetry to his wife’s friends. “Most of us can’t rush around, talk to everyone, know
all the cities of the world, we haven’t time, money or that many friends”(Bradbury87).
Beatty hands Montag a flamethrower and tells him to burn the books. Montag
turns the flamethrower from the books to Beatty and burns him into ashes. Montag
then hits the other firefighters down and flees but is bitten by the mechanical hound. He
uses the flamethrower again and burns the hound. Montag has no other friends that can
help him except Faber and decides to head to his house. “That small motion, the white
and red color, a strange fire because it meant a different thing to him. It was not burning.
It was warming… He hadn’t know fire could look this way”(Bradbury 145-146).
Montag reaches Faber’s house to ask what he should do. Faber tells him that
another hound is after him, and he should find a retired printer who lives in St. Louis that
may be able to help. Faber also gives him some clothes and advises him to drift in the
stream to lose the hound. Montag follows what Faber says and follows railroad tracks
after drifting in the stream. He arrives in the outskirts of the city and meets a group of
hobo book readers, including one named Granger. Granger tells him about a network of
book readers that memorize works of literature and pass it on to the younger
generation. He also reveals their plans to help society after the war. The city is bombed
and Montag leads the group back into the city. “The books are to remind us of what
asses and fools we are”(Bradbury 86).
Montag starts out as a model citizen of the government by not questioning their
authority and gradually grows into an open minded character who is fed up with the
way things are being controlled by the government. Montag meets Clarrise and Faber
who open his eyes to see that society is dull and unaware of what is going on with their
government. Montag starts to explore his life and wonders about books. This leads him
into trouble with fellow firefighters. He tries to read and stay a firefighter to support his
freeloading wife but find this to be impossible because he is expressing himself and
showing curiosity in front of the other firefighters. “Guy Montag starts out as a loyal
member of the future society and only gradually shows sign of dissaffectional”( McNelly 69).
Works Cited :
Bradbury, Ray. Farenheit 451. New York:Ballantine,1953.
Greenberg, Henry, and Olander, Joseph. Writers of the Twenty-first Century. New York: Taplinger, 1980.
Magill, Frank. “Farenhiet 451: Magill’s literary criticisms. New York: Cavendish, 1971.
McNelly, Willis. “Ray Bradbury: Past, present, and future.” Essays on major science fiction. New York: Taplinger, 1980.