Fahrenheit 451 written by Ray Bradbury in 1953 tells the story of a fireman, Guy Montag. In the beginning, he is a loyal servant of a consumerist society that was encumbered by heavy censorship and a pending war. After a sequence of events, he seeks ways to break free of it. Bradbury shows how horrible a society can become when it denies the necessities of imagination and true communication. Montag being a fireman in Bradbury’s novel, however, does not mean extinguishing burning materials, but rather setting things on fire. Mostly, this relates to books which are prohibited in Montag’s America. As described by Bradbury, fireman which burn books and sometimes their owners as well. Montag never questions the norms adopted by the society in which he lives; he simply does his job. Montag develops a friendship with his 17 year old neighbor, Clarisse McClellan, whose is the opposite of Guy and makes him examine his life. Soon, he realizes he is unhappy and no longer loves his wife, Millie. Meanwhile, millie is unwilling to deal with reality and instead chooses to immerse herself in television, seashell radio, and an addiction to tranquilizers. Montag wonders why books are perceived to be so dangerous and why some people are so loyal to them. What power lies in books? When Montag goes into his bedroom, he sees his wife Mildred lying unconscious in bed with her eyes wide open. She had swallowed too many sleeping pills, though the story is not clear whether it was on purpose or an accident. During recent years, Montag and Mildred have not been too close, each of them were simply living their own lives. Mildred is completely immersed in sitcoms, which are broadcasted through special “parlor walls” that are actually three TV-screens that substitute for normal walls. Montag simply goes to work, returns home, and then falls asleep. Despite their marriage having become fiction a long time ago, Montag is still worried about his wife and calls for an ambulance. Bradbury emphasizes that in this world, incidents like this overdose have become so regular that a special machine for rapid blood transfusions has been invented. Handymen, not doctors, equipped with these machines come quickly do their job, and leave. Mildred is saved, but the next morning, when Montag asks her why she took so many pills, she denies that she could perform an act deemed as suicidal. She suggests that perhaps she had had too much to drink at a party last night. Further communication with Clarisse gradually changes Montag’s outlook. He starts noticing aspects of life that he never noticed before, and begins to do simple but spontaneous actions like tasting the rain and laughing. Clarisse tells him about herself and about her visits to a psychiatrist. Bradbury manages to show in a couple of brief words how acts that are perceived as normal by the reader are misperceived as abnormal in Montag’s world of absolute consumerism and shallow entertainment. “The psychiatrist wants to know why I go out and hike around in the forests and watch the birds and collect butterflies,” Clarisse says to Montag (Bradbury 34). When she disappears, her whereabouts are unknown to him for a period of time. Events start to change even faster when Montag’s fire brigade goes on a call to burn a house where lots of books are being stored. During the search, Montag unexpectedly finds a book and hides it. He hears a noise and goes to see what it is about. An old lady, living in this house, refuses to abandon it. When the firemen threaten to burn down the place, Montag is the only one who asks her to leave. He even tries to take her from the residence, but she only thanks him, stands in a middle of a kitchen doused with kerosene, and strikes a match. At home, Montag is shocked to find out from Mildred that Clarisse is dead: she has been run down by a speeding car a couple of days ago. After the accident, Clarisse’s family moved. The next day, Montag feels sick. He cannot even make
has tried to control society. This is expressed in Fahrenheit 451, a book by Ray Bradbury. This book is following a guy’s life named Montag, a fireman but instead of putting out fires and saving people like one should, he burns books. Montag’s unique life begins when he meets a young woman, not even seventeen years old, who believes that people should have the right to their own opinions, instead of their society’s manipulation.
In Fahrenheit 451, people are unable to own books because the government…
Bradbury built on the Nazi story to tell the story of Fahrenheit 451.
Burning books is one way that authorities use to control people. Restricting peoples free expression either by burning books forbidding words or making rules that keep People from enjoying physical freedom are other ways two. For an example I am a Skater, and to me freedom means being free to enjoy the exhilarating feeling that Skateboarding gives me. Therefore Fahrenheit 451 is a very personal book to me.
Montag met a…
In Fahrenheit 451, their society believes that everyone should be the same. The book
says, "We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but
everyone made equal." (Bradbury, 58). This shows that they do not allow anyone to be different
and be their own person. One way they do this is by burning books to hide the differences in
people. Books help violate the idea that everyone is created equal by advancing one's knowledge,
Honors Communications III
25 August 2014
Ray Bradbury conveys and explains the internal conflict of Guy Montag is several different ways. Bradbury uses a great deal of figurative language to portray Montag’s inner conflict to the readers. Bradbury also uses many examples of imagery to demonstrate Montag’s conflict.
Bradbury’s figurative language throughout the passage helped show the readers what Montag is thinking and feeling. At the beginning of the…
English 1 Honors
MLA Citation: Bradbury, Ray.
. New York: Ballantine Books, 1953. Print.
Definition: Using objects or words to represent a ideas or qualities
Example: “And as before, it was good to burn, he felt himself gush out in the fire, snatch, rend,
rip in half with flame, and put away the senseless problem. If there was no solution, well then
now there was no problem, either, fire was best for everything.” (Fahrenheit 451 pg. 110)…
Laura SokolowskiGroup 73
Work presented to
Mrs. Sylvia Renaud
For the Secondary Four Enriched course
College Saint-Alexandre de la Gatineau
September 12th, 2014
I think that in our society, an “antisocial” person means he or she is unwilling or unable to associate in a normal or friendly way with other people and also dislikes the company of others. In Fahrenheit 451, an “antisocial” person means that he or she is not-conform to what the…
January 23, 2013
Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 is set in the future where there is not enough time and where curiosity and inquisitive thinking is strongly discouraged. The selected passage reveals a young teen’s friendship with an adult and her ability to help him with self-discovery. Clarisse gave Montag something he was looking for, but could have never found on his own.
Clarisse is a seventeen year old girl who knows she is different from her…
The novel, Fahrenheit 451, presents a future society where books are prohibited and the firemen burn any that are. The title is the temperature at which books burn. It was written by Ray Bradbury and first published in October 1953. In this novel, protagonist Montag changes his understanding in various aspects such as love or his human relationship throughout the book. However, among all of these, fire – the main theme of this novel – has the most significance as it also changes his understanding…
Reading Assignment 1
1) He is a fireman; He finds books and burns them.
2) She is an odd person that likes to talk.
4) No, he was not happy
5) Montag’s wife, she overdosed on sleeping pills. Her stomach and blood had to be pumped clean.
6) Because they have so many cases of people trying to commit suicide.
7) Wall TVs that cost $2000; the audience can interact
8) It is a robot type of dog that is programmed to hunt and kill. Equipped with a steel needle…
Writing Prompt #2
Does Television Has An Impact On Society As A Whole?
It is hard to imagine firemen starting fires instead of putting them out which is quite an irony.
Yet that is what takes place in Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451, a novel that warns readers
about a future that could happen. Bradbury tried painting this picture for us, a picture that
showed us a world that had technology as the ultimate leader as it kinda is today. A prime piece
of technology that Bradbury mainly want to focus on mostly is…