Montag, the main character, begins to realize the importance of books and how the society is not helping people; the society is making people lazy by encouraging fun activities in school. In the end, Montag decides to leave and live a new life. Bradbury uses figurative language, tone, and symbols to prove that technology and government censorship can deprive one of their learning and individuality. Technology can cause conflict within an individual. Montag is a fireman who burns books for a living.
Captain Beatty is a clear example of wasted knowledge as he is influenced by society and the government. Even though he is a literary expert, society has manipulated him to lie to himself and encouraged him to the burning of books, even if he knew perfectly their value. Captain Beatty reads all the books and is literate enough to know that books are necessary for society. Yet, he burns them because he claims that society, in its search for happiness which is brought by minimizing cultural offenses through what he believes is political correctness, will bring the suppression of literature. This is an act of self-censorship where the
Cal The antagonist is Cal. Cal is clearly the opposing character. He may seem as is if he is the victim, but all he does is deliberately attack Andre’s mother not understanding her situation and position. According to the play, Cal states “How many of us don’t want to hurt our mothers and live in mortal terror of their disapproval. Our lives aren’t furtive, just our feelings towards people like you” (50).
We soon find that Dora is a lonely, bitter woman who, instead of mailing the letters she was paid to write, scoffs at them, tears them up and throws them away. Dora finds the letter Josqué mother wrote to his father particularly appalling, declaring Josqué's father a drunk who probably abused and abandoned them, something she can relate to being that her father was a nuisance to her, and stuffs the letter in her drawer with the others. Dora feels little to no remorse for not delivering the letters. Her main concern is herself. Josqué and his mother return to Dora to write another letter to his father, this time in a slightly more endearing tone than the previous letter.
He then meets Clarisse, and begins falls in love with her after she asks him if he has ever read a book. Montag's curiosity gets the best of him, and he decides to steal and read a book, actions that begin a twisting of how he views his overall life and decisions. As with the society in Fahrenheit 451, the United States government has been turning the table in its direction by trying to make us conform to its ideology, through mandating and censoring certain things out of our lives. As a result of controlling aspects of our lives, such as books and education, our society can end up in Fahrenheit 451 in that the government can make certain agencies, to stop us from sharing other people’s ideas, just as the 451 fire departments were organized to prevent citizens from reading books, and getting ideas. It is obvious that the lives of citizens in Fahrenheit 451 were often times refrained from there free speech and first amendment rights especially when Guy says, "There must be something in books, things we can't imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there
Montag comes to realize that the government can never completely rid the world of independent thought. This realization occurs first as a small inkling after meeting Clarisse McClellan, the young girl who makes him question the world around him, then it progresses to complete awareness after the condemnation of an old woman to death who loves her books so much that she willfully dies with them. This causes him to begin to notice a lack of purpose in their society because of the lack of independent thought. Montag then begins his mission to fight it. Montag finally comes to
Mary, Colin and Archibald Craven are examples of this. Mary didn’t care for anything, she was so spoilt that nothing and no one meant anything to he; she was so used to everybody hating her. Colin is also spoilt and filled with ideas that he’s going to die. Archibald is the coward that can’t face reality or the hope for a better tomorrow. The one thing they all have in common is negatively, you get the sense that they would rather be dead and in reality it’s like they are because they don’t care about anything.
Yes, it came to Al’s realization that he was losing his touch as a comic writer, but he would never fully admit it to himself. Instead of throwing in the towel, AL resorted to stealing the scripts from a deceased young comic named Davey Farber, whom was killed in World War 2. Al’s actions put his and Sammy’s job in jeopardy, even when Sammy was unaware of what he did. Al kept those scripts locked away in a desk drawer and his girlfriend, Connie, would repeatedly ask him why he had kept them. His response was for “a little sentimentality, and for old time’s sake.” His words are deceiving being that he really keeps them for inspiration, and possibly a back-up plan when he can be comical no more.
He doesn’t know any better and could possibly end up doing something really bad because of this feeling. Mrs. Joe also continuously mentions how Pip is lucky that she has brought him up ‘by hand.’ One day when Pip was asking questions about the marshes, Mrs. Joe loses her patience and yells at Pip, saying, “I tell you what, young fellow, I didn’t bring you up by hand to badger people’s lives out. It would be blame to me, and not praise, if I had. People are put in the Hulks because they murder, and because they rob, and forge, and do all sorts of bad; and they always begin by asking questions.”(Page 13) This places a lot of guilt on Pip, making him feel like he shouldn’t ask any questions at all. To tell a little kid not to ask so many questions is a terrible thing.