Another example is “Mildred stopped screaming as soon as she started.” Mildred found out that Guy held books in their house. This showed that Mildred did not want to held accountable for what Guy did. She was scared, wanted to run away, and turn him in to Beatty. The American marriage relates to this because each person is in it for
Unlike Mildred he likes books. In the novel Fahrenheit 451 Montag is a firemen, and while on his job he likes to take a book, every single time. He hates keeping secrets from his wife, so one night " he reached up and pulled back the grille of the air conditioning system and reached and took out a book. He reached back again and kept pulling out books" (Bradbury 65). Montag thought for himself when he decided to show his wife the books, knowing there was a good chance she would "pull" the alarm on him.
He pushes her away so she does not make a scene and Millie insists and places her hand under the pillow. She feels the outline of the book and is shocked. Although she doesn't turn her husband in, Millie asks Beatty what would happen if a fireman brought a book home. Beatty mentions firemen are occasionally overcome by curiosity about the books they burn and may steal one to satiate that curiosity. When this happens, he continues, they are given a 24-hour respite to come to their senses and burn the book before their coworkers must do so for them.
The result is a society where fanatical, destructive behavior, such as the firemen's book-burning, flourishes. People in Montag’s society have been conditioned to think the suggestion of reading is a laughable subject as expressed in the quote, “Do you ever read any of the books you burn?’ He laughed. ‘That's against the law!’ ‘Oh. Of course.’” (8). The people in Montag’s society are banned by their government to read anything that has any philosophies or intellectual thought.
You’re nasty Mr. Montag”. (page 97) His reading did not open the minds of the ladies and allow them to speak for themselves, or see their intellectual independence. After Mildred’s attempt of suicide Montag calls the operator who comes over and responds, "We get these cases nine or ten a night. Got so many, starting a few years ago, we had the special machines built." (page 13) This shows that not everything is perfect in the future, and dissatisfaction is subdued.
Clarisse’s death shows the ignorance and the inhumane cruelty in the society. The ignorance in the book can e portrayed through Guy Montag’s wife, Mildred. Mildred fits perfectly into the society, because she is just like everybody else. She watches T.V. all day long, hates books, and doesn’t have one bit of curiosity towards knowledge, unlike Clarisse.
Michael Barnard 12/10/12 English Paper New vs. Old In the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury the main character Montag is a fireman who burns books for a living. In the society that they live in books are illegal to own and to have in your possession, so the society needs people to help carry out the law of having no books. Montag starts to wonder what is so great about books that make people break the law, so he takes a couple from a house that they were supposed to burn down. When his wife finds out he has to beg Mildred to keep it a secret. He developed these temptations from a girl named Clarisse who is starting to catch on to what the past might have been like.
Madera’s desire to overcome her language barrier caused her to decide to go back to college and take English courses (79). Madera had taken her weakness into her own hands and decided to fix it by going back to school. She realizes that the way she speaks does not show the type of person that she, but her writing does (80). “The Bar of Gold” also talks about how the protagonist, Weeping John, is his own constraint, and because of that he is not able to move forward. In this folktale, Weeping John is constantly sick because he is worried about how his family will survive after his death (Gold 148).
He changes sides when he discovers meaning in books he had not seen before. The book portrays the censorship that Guy once stood for, however it eventually all changes. Guy Montag is a fireman who burns books in a futuristic American city. In Montag’s world, firemen start fires rather than putting them out. The people in this society do not read books, enjoy nature, spend time by themselves, think independently, or have meaningful conversations.
Montag works as a fireman and he has a wife named Mildred. As a fireman he has to burn books and start fires, not put them out. Montag has a man versus society conflict because he hides books in his house. In Fahrenheit 451 Guy Montag struggles in his society. Montag struggles because he has a man versus society conflict.