Fahrenheit Essay

1369 WordsFeb 10, 20156 Pages
In the book Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, A man named Montag is one of the many firemen in the society. In this society the firemen don’t put out fires, they start them. The law that these firemen enforce is to not allow anyone to own or read books. If a person is caught, their house will be burned to the ground with books inside. Montag had done this his entire career until a girl named Clarisse moves into the house next to him. When Clarisse questions him about his happiness, he realizes that change may be the answer. Montag decides to steal a book to prove that the law he was enforcing was right. He was only a few chapters in when he realized why people would put their lives on the line to keep books from being destroyed. He could not continue to uphold a law that he no longer understood. He ends up killing his commanding officer, Captain Beatty, when his wife turns on him and spills his secret. He is then pursued by the police and their deadly hounds. He joins up with a group of scholars and is able to escape town. Bradbury uses direct characterization, dialogue, and man versus society conflict to reveal that censorship often controls society by limiting their knowledge. First, the dialogue conveys the theme that censorship often controls society by limiting their knowledge. Early in the story, Mildred overdoses on a bottle of sleeping pills and is sent to the hospital to get her stomach pumped. Upon her return, Montag asks her if she remembers how they first met. Even though it had only been a short 10 years Mildred had forgotten. Bradbury writes, “He knew she must be frowning in the dark. He clarified it. ‘The first time we ever met, where was it and when?’ ‘Why, it was at-‘ she stopped. ‘I don’t know,’ she said. He was cold. ‘Can’t you remember?’ ‘It’s been so long,’ ‘Only ten years, that’s all, ten,” (Bradbury 25). Bradbury is trying to show how

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