From Passion for Burning to Burning Passion “He saw himself in her eyes, suspended in two shining drops of bright water, himself dark and tiny, in fine detail, the lines about his mouth, everything there, as if her eyes were two miraculous bits of violet amber that might capture and hold him intact” (Bradbury 5). This is the only appearance based description of Guy Montag, Ray Bradbury’s main character in his novel Fahrenheit-451. Although Guy Montag’s appearance is not vividly described in Fahrenheit-451, when I think of him I imagine Guy Montag as average. Even first his name, Guy, is average. I believe Ray Bradbury created him this way on purpose. Bradbury didn’t describe him in great length or note physical attributes that made him stand out in a crowd because the whole point is for him to blend in. Guy Montag is a normal, basic, ordinary fireman. He is just like everyone else. At least that’s the way he appears. Montag’s speech habits change throughout the novel. In the beginning, he seems childish. He laughs when he doesn’t understand Clarisse is being serious and he never stops to think about the questions she asks him. He has no thought process; he just says the first thing that pops into his head. On one occasion, Clarisse remarks, “You laugh when I haven’t been funny and you answer right off. You never stop to think what I’ve asked you” (Bradbury 6). Montag gradually grows up as the novel proceeds. The second chapter shows Montag with a will to learn about books and knowledge. He has even sought out Faber as his new teacher. However, Montag is unable to keep his temper under control and he can’t seem to understand why people act the way they do. He even blows up at his wife’s friends, “Did you hear them, did you hear these monsters talking about monsters? Oh God, the way they jabber about people and their own children and themselves and the way they talk about their husbands and the way they talk about war, dammit, I stand here and I can’t believe it!” (Bradbury 94). If Montag had been able to take Faber’s advice and keep his mouth shut, Mildred’s friends might not have reported him and then he wouldn’t have had to escape from the The Hound. But, being juvenile and self-centered, Montag lost his temper and read the ladies a poem from an illegal book. In the end, trying to make his wife and her friends understand the knowledge of books only made matters worse for him. However, if you think about it, Montag would never have been able to fully mature if it hadn’t been for the chase. The chase and the way it ended, with innocent blood shed, forced Montag to stop and think about things. Towards the end of the novel, Montag admits to being wrong. He says, “I don’t belong with you […] I’ve been an idiot all the way” (Bradbury 143). This is Montag’s shining moment. The light bulb has gone off in his head and he now realizes that instead of being brash and brazen he should have been more patient. He should have waited until the world was ready to listen. Montag’s actions, much like his speech, grew up as the novel went on. He started out as a fireman who always did what he was told and never thought twice about burning. Every chance he got “[…] he flicked the igniter and the house jumped up in a gorging fire that burned the evening sky red and yellow and black” (Bradbury 1). As Bradbury’s novel proceeds, we see Montag as more than just another fire starter. After Mildred overdoses on sleeping pills we see the panicked, scared, almost desperate side of Montag. As soon as he finds Mildred lying cold in her bed “He felt his chest chopped down and split apart. The jet bombers going over […] did all the screaming for him. He opened his mouth and let their shriek come down and out between his bared teeth. The house shook. The flare went out in his hands. The moonstones vanished. He felt his hands plunge toward the telephone” (Bradbury 11). Montag’s reaction is delayed by the shock and pain he experiences finding his wife…
The adjective Roma anticipates the noun ilia, which gains further impact from delay and exaggeration. The delayed noun is a surprise that heightens Lydia’s claims of a glorious life, supposedly more glorious than even the most famous of Roman women.
The noun modo is delayed for effect.
The adjective is unnecessary and gains force from being unexpected
The separation of the words positions them to frame Calaius…
9H English 1B
20 February 2015
“Its perpetual motion; the thing man wanted to invent but never did…it’s a mystery…its real beauty is that it destroys responsibility and consequences…clean, quick, sure; nothing to rot later. Antibiotic, aesthetic, practical.” These words were spoken by Beatty the moment before Montag burns him to death with the flamethrower. I believe this is symbolic to the phoenix and the theme of the book by the symbol of a new start. In…
A Life Of Passion
“Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all” (Alfred Lord Tennyson In Memoriam: 27, 1850:). This quote is talking about how important it is to have experienced love. Even if it brings pain in the end, the love that is felt for another person is an amazing experience and something that can never be duplicated. In the novel The Passion by Jeanette Winterson Henri and Villanelle are both passionate characters…
The following essay will discuss three different works of art from the Romanticism era. The essay will provide a description of each work art including the style. A summary of each artists’ personal philosophies of art will be discussed along with prevailing trends and school of thought in the art world during this time period. In addition, an explanation will be provided of how the works of art fit into the context of the Romanticism time period. In conclusion, also provided is a discussion…
people in jet cars, and nuclear wars being regular occurrences are some of the short list of his wrong predictions. In Fahrenheit 451 Guy Montag is a fireman whose job is to burn books but, later in the story, starts to keep them leading to his running from the city. Bradbury fills this book with many examples of metaphors, similes, and other figurative language devices as well as many tones throughout the story to add class and finesse to this literary work
Many uses of figurative language are used…
unravish'd bride of quietness," the "foster-child of silence and slow time." He also describes the urn as a "historian," which can tell a story. While wondering about the figures on the side of the urn, he asks what legend they depict, and where they are from. He looks at a picture that seems to display a group of men pursuing a group of women, and wonders what their story could be: "What mad pursuit? What struggle to escape? What pipes and timbrels? What wild ecstasy?"
In the second stanza, the…
Literary Analysis #1
In the “Blood Burning Moon” by Jean Toomer, the author takes the reader back in time to the rural south-1 during a time of Jim Crow laws. In a small town, Tom Burwell and Bob Stone challenge each other for the affection of an African American woman named Louisa. Louisa has no last name, which signifies that she has not taken on a name of the “master” or she is just any Negro woman. After bob-1 and Tom discovered each other’s-1 lust for Louisa, a fight breaks out in which…
In the poem "Burning of Our House," writer Anne Bradstreet originally laments the total destruction of her house as she recounts the many losses she endured when her house disintegrated in a fire, but later reminds herself of the everlasting gifts of God. As Anne Bradstreet describes her journey of despair while she grows closer to God, she incorporates several rhetorical devices such as rhyme, repetition, and an extended metaphor throughout her piece to emphasize her growing passion for God as she…
“Great ambition is the passion of a great character. Those endowed with it may preform very good or very bad acts. All depends on the principles which direct them” (Bonaparte). Many of those who strive to better themselves often turn towards the unthinkable approach to achieve what they desire. For one to be considered a hero, one must go down the more difficult path, following the statutes and ethics that are imposed on all. Many find inspiration in the accomplishments of those…
she is. They show that the sin is wrong, even though it was one of love and passion. She represents nature in the way that nature is the way of life and she has been produced because of it. In chapter 6 it says “she looked fearfully into the child’s expanding nature; ever dreading to detect some dark arid wild peculiarity, that should correspond with the guiltiness to which she owed her being” ( Hawthorne,79). This quote from the novel explains how wild Pearl actually is, it also explains that Hester…