Another important idea Bradbury has incorporated into the novel is the rise of television ownership and expansion of television broadcasts during the 1950s. Books, however influence thinking, a source of ideas. They need to eliminate censorship because it is preventing independence Censorship greatly influences people within the community. The main purpose of fire, is to destroy books and any sense of knowledge. The society's ignorance to the war proves they are completely absorbed in technology; living fake lives with no worry of the events happening in reality. Through symbolism, Bradbury has found a way to affect the reader in the very core of their being, and he has made this novel one whose jarring impact stays with the reader long after they have turned he final page.
The main character, Montage, is a fireman that struggles between following society or going against it after he meets Claries, a preppy, meddlesomeness teenager. In this way, if you believed what you were told. The burning represented the society's desire to burn everything down so everybody can be the same, since fire burns everything to ashes, regardless of what it is. Beatty is known to be an evil man yet he has a lot of knowledge on books and where they come from, this is quite ironic since books are banned. New York: William Morrow, 2005.
The Government has conditioned the citizens to dislike books. She begs Montag to buy another television screen for their living room, stating, 'If we had a fourth wall, why it'd be just like this room wasn't ours at all, but all kinds of exotic people's rooms' Bradbury 20. So when I was reading the book, I could relate to much of what the author was saying. After his encounter with Clarisse McClellan, Montag returns home to find that she has taken thirty sleeping capsules. Compare it to the way of life of the past, where community was the key theme to life. Montag is a fireman whose job it is to burn books, and accordingly, discourage the citizenry from thinking about anything except four-wall television.
One could say his fears have come true: we read at lightning-fast speed. He twists these events to make them more appealing to the public. In a society where books are illegal, the only source of information is through technology, which is slowly poisoning Montag's society. Also, the forest through which he travels river symbolizes the innocence of mankind before civilization. It is here that he finds his real redemption. The river, however, is only the vessel in which Montag travels to the heart of the forest. You only need to get a couple pages into Fahrenheit 451 to realize this bookless future isn't all sunshine and rainbows.
. He had been a fireman for ten years and he had never questioned the joy of the midnight runs, nor the joy of watching pages consumed by flames…never questioned anything until he met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid. Because society has venerated ignorance and pushed knowledge off to the side, it is now harder for people to memorize things and will take a long time for them to do so. Many people do not agree with this and they try hard to keep books alive, even though they may be killed for it. New York: Bantam Books, 1994.
Everyone works to contribute to the community. This article exemplifies Bradbury's fear of impending communism taking over, although this article was written recently, even now 50 years later we are still afraid communism and totalitarianism. In order to succeed in college, it is important to educate yourself on all types of plagiarism. In the novel, Bradbury creates a society in which all books and free thought are forbidden. A lot of the themes and problems portrayed in Montags society can be very relatable to today's society, even though this books was written more than 50 years ago.
Water is used on numerous occasions to contrast with fire, which is representative of 'divine love, fervor, and life, but also divine anger, destruction, and death' Jobes 571. This only has the effect of emphasizing the fact that the society in the novel is a utilitarian one. They create social normals that force people to follow them, otherwise they will be labelled as social outcasts. Rivers often represent 'divine emissaries, life, and the entrance into the afterlife' Jobes 1341. This man would go through many challenges and dangers, but would achieve his goal in the end. Montag seems completely content with his position in life, with no want to alter himself as a person and happy with what he does for society.
He is trying to retain all the information in a short amount of time because he will have to hand the book over to Beauty, the fire captain, by the end Of the day. The figure of Clarisse glowing gently like a candle - slender, soft, serene- provides a marked contrast to the voracious acts of arson committed by the firemen. Since the late 1940s, Ray Bradbury has been revered for his works of science fiction and fantasy. After he encounters her, he starts reading books and apprehending them and becomes to establish more questions regarding why people do certain things in his society. He follows to tell how bringing happiness to the greatest number of people does not always mean that they have the right idea. The fire was a part of Montag toward the beginning of the novel.