Ray Bradbury, the author of Fahrenheit 451 described the future as a world overtaken and over turned by fire; fire becomes the agent of redemption of the society. Books become destructive agents and Firemen become the saviors of the society by burning books and the houses which they are found, rather than extinguishing fires; which they are known to do today. Ray Bradbury believes that rampant ignorance and censorship in the society will lead to a destructive society; he shows this through his characters, Montag, Mildred and Beatty.
Montag, a third generation fireman lived enjoyed his job for ten years until he meets a seventeen year old girl, Clarisse, who opens his eyes to the ignorance in his society. This strange girl startles and she makes him start thinking about the things he had never paid attention to, like why he became a fireman and why all fireman have the same features;” black hair, black brows, fiery face, and a blue-steel shaved but unshaved look.”(Bradbury, 33). His thoughts about fire start to change when he sees an old lady burn herself with her books; before the lady burns herself she says; “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.” (Bradbury, 36). The old lady used this quote to say that by burning herself, she hopes to create awareness about the neglectfulness of the society. This also startles Montag, he starts going against the law, reading books, questioning why things are the way they are. His mind starts to control his body subconsciously, “His hand had done it all, his hand, with a brain of its own, with a conscious and a curiosity in each trembling finger, had turned thief.” (Bradbury, 37). He seeks answers from Faber, an old professor; they devise a plan to get back at the firemen for burning books. Montag gets threatened by Beatty, he takes care of this by killing Beatty and then he goes on the run. He finds redemption among... [continues]
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