Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury teaches that the voice of a people cannot be quieted or controlled. There will always be those that will stand up to authority even in the face of grave danger. Bradbury’s use of fire throughout the novel symbolizes the protagonist’s, Montag, journey of enlightenment, from its ability to take as much as it can be used to give. In the beginning of the novel Montag sees the world like everyone at that time. Fire was meant to strike fear in the hearts of people, but yet Montag says “it was a pleasure to burn.” He didn’t understand what the consequences of him burning the books had, and neither did the rest of the world.
Within fire there is a paradox of good and evil. Lord of the Flies depicts this as a symbol of hope and destruction. The fire is a source of many things in the novel. Ralph states how the only thing to make ships notice them is if they “make smoke on top of the mountain” (38). Therefore, the fire symbolizes rescue.
In this world there is no “Eros” type of loving, which is known as the powerful and passionate style of loving that blazes to life suddenly and dramatically (Wood 332). Truthfully there is no real love; everything is a shallow form of the word fueled only by sex. This is mainly due to the lack of interpersonal communication in the characters. This novel helps to paint a picture of a world that could one day be real, it allows us to evaluate our relationships with ourselves and how it affects our relationships with others. The main character Guy Montag is known as a “firefighter”, but instead of putting out fires he starts them.
When nobody thinks for themselves the world is run by the only few that do. When a society is run by a select few people, there are no checks and balances to keep things running. Ray Bradbury wrote “a novel of censorship and defiance” to show us what will happen if nobody questions, challenges, or thinks for themselves. “ He had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight runs...” to realize what really lied behind the books. Under every book that was turned into ash was a person that challenged society, and wrote down their thoughts.
Also, Johnson uses personal references to show importance in learning to fear less of the inevitable bombs, as well as, taking away the knowledge that death is inevitable, but one can live life without fearing this final explosion. Lastly, Johnson uses exemplification to prove everyone experiences countless destructive bombs, but to truly live life one must not hold onto misery nor fear. Johnson’s writing drives a very important lesson in which everyone should know and carry with them throughout life. Johnson shows that with youth, bombs are not necessarily felt until a bomb explodes enough to burn up one’s innocence away. Johnson writes, “For although our sorrow was real, we still had some sense of a protective curtain between us and the bombs” (213).
Fahrenheit 451 Fire and a bird called a phoenix are two greatly important symbols in Fahrenheit 451. ““What is there about fire that’s so lovely? No matter what age we are, what drives us to it?”” Beatty blew out the flame and lit it again. ““It perpetual motion; the thing man wanted to invent but never did. Or almost perpetual motion.
Fahrenheit 451 “Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution say, but everyone made equal.” (58) Captain Beatty claims here that people need to be made equal, lest people become unhappy. Beatty claims that it is the job of the fireman to uphold equality by burning books which show people’s inequalities. This is how Beatty misinterprets the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence by wanting to uphold the right to the pursuit of happiness, but as a fireman he forces people to be happy by taking away all unhappiness. “‘Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God’s grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out.’” (36) This is a reference to Nicholas Ridley and Hugh Latimer. The two were
Cristian Fernandez English 4 Period 3 December 2, 2011 Though Dorian could have made different choices and become his own man, Lord Henry had a big part in his downfall. Lord Henry set the spark to the fire and did whatever he had too to keep it burning. To the point were the fire had a mind of its own, so corrupted that there was no possible way to stop it. Lord Henry is at fault for Dorian's downfall especially through the examples he gave such as, how to live life, justifying the mistreatment of others, and lastly, Lord Henry kept filling Dorian’s head with these ideas to the point where it became his very own destruction. One of Lord Henry’s favorite phrases, “Carpe Diem,” is what influenced Dorian the most.
Montag’s Big Change : Fahrenheit 451 Some may say time changes things, but in reality a person has to change things themselves. In the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the main character Guy Montag, a fireman who lives in a futuristic society that does no put out fires but starts them realizes that he is actually interested in the one thing he burns. Being a fireman for this community Guy is to burn all books he comes into contact with making it harder for him to find the answers he seeks. Throughout this book Guy shows a change of heart towards the books and their value in this society. This change makes him aware of what is wrong with this society and wanting to read books rather than being like rest of the society by watching and
Book Report Book title: Fahrenheit 451 Author: Ray Bradbury Genre: Science Fiction Main Setting in the story: In a futuristic non intellectual society Main Characters: A- Guy Montag is the protagonist of the story who is a fireman who’s job is to burn books because in his society books are seen as evil and harmful. B- Clarisse Mcclennan is a dynamic character in the story, who is a free spirited 17 year old, questions everything, and enlightens Montag to then brighter side of life. C- Captain Beatty is Montag’s boss and is a foil to him and anyone else who dares to read literature. He himself was once a reader, but somehow had an enlightening of the evil of books, and now burns