February 14, 2011
The book, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, is about a futuristic United States where books that are made illegal are burned by fireman. The beginning of the book focuses on a firefighter named Guy Montag who questions his career as a fireman; but it seems clear that he finds no interest in literature and enjoys his job of burning books. There is a quote on the first page stating “The blood pounded in his head, and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history”. (Page 3) This quote characterizes his pleasure of burning pages and pages of books and shows hatred towards literature and composition. Montag suggested another hint to describe his pleasure of his job description. “With his symbolic helmet numbered 451 on his stolid head, and his eyes all orange flame, the books went up in sparkling whirls and blew away on a wind turned dark with burning”. (Page 3) Reading more into the novel Montag meets his new neighbor Clarisse McClellan. From the moment she met him she was fascinated with his sense of clothing and personality. The two never talked before and she wasn’t afraid of him. She states “I’m not afraid of you at all; I mean you’re just a man, after all”. (Page 7) McClellan describes herself as a crazy seventeen year old. Over the time period of their conversation she became more familiar of what kind of person he was. Their conversation consisted of questions to one another “How long have you worked at being a fireman?” He replied “Since I was twenty, ten years ago.” “Do you ever read any of the books you burn?” He replied by saying “That’s against the law!” Montag is amazed by this young girl with her comments and questions towards him; he built an attraction towards her. “He looked at a blank wall. The girl’s face was there, really quite beautiful in memory: astonishing in...
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