Montag’s Ignorance and Fear with Society
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, shows how books carry knowledge and people decide what they want to do with the knowledge. Throughout the novel it shows how Montag had ignorance and Fear about family and friends and towards books. Montag’s ignorance and fear towards himself, Mildred, her friends, other firefighters and Beatty; ultimately led him to do the wrong things.
Montag’s responsibility as a fireman is to burn books, therefore he is destroying knowledge. The story starts out by books being burned “While the books went up in sparkling whirls and blew away on a wind burned dark with burning” (Bradbury, pgs. 3-4). Montag had the ignorance to be a fireman but still reads book. The fear threatens him because he is a fireman and knows the consequences in reading books. The fear of Montag stealing books frightens him and makes him sick each time he steals them. His other fear is that he will get caught stealing books. He is afraid of the mechanical hounds and they start to treat him differently, therefore he tries to stay away from them as much as possible. The first real fear was when he woke up with chills and fever (Bradley, pg 48) after stealing a book from Mrs. Blake and thinking the mechanical hounds were outside his bedroom window.
A wife suppose to trust and stick her husband, Montag is ignorance towards his wife because he lets her in on his secret. He shows her the books and forces her to read them with him. This led to Mildred turning her husband in to the fire station. The second mistake about Montag having ignorance was ready poetry to Mrs. Phelps, Mrs. Bowles and Mildred. This also made them uncomfortable and very sad. This confirmed their belief that books were bad. Montag was taking risk in reading to them and the possibility of being turned in. The relationship between Montag and the coworkers began to draw a thin; he starts to isolate himself from them. He stopped...
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