Essay Fahrenheit 451

Submitted By zackducatti
Words: 310
Pages: 2

Throughout all of time, the government 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 fears that the reader’s free thoughts could take away their influence. So, there were people, such as Montag, that burned the books that the government forced society to fear. When Montag meets Clarisse, she inspires him to read the books that he has been burning for about 10 years. At one point, shortly after Montag and the other firemen burn down a house with books also being occupied with an old lady that refused to leave, he says to his wife “there must be something in books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house” (Bradbury 51). People were discouraged to own books from the punishments of those caught from owning illegal books. The punishments included being sent to an asylum, expelled from society, or even killed. There was a different opinion in the manipulated society about people that owned books such as Mildred, Montag’s wife, who states after she finds out that Montag has been hoarding books after he