Spiritual redemption inspired by books and oppressive government in Fahrenheit 451
People start to think about rebellion when the government rules people tyrannically for a long time, trying to control people’s thoughts in a forceful way. In Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury describes a dystopian society where no one is allowed to read books or think freely. The government’s strong control of people’s minds infuriated Montag so much that he even abandoned the job that his father and grandfather both did, which was being a fireman and burning books. With the help of Faber, an old English professor who also wanted to go back to the free-thinking and free-reading world, Montag managed to steal books and carry out a plan against the corrupt society and firemen. In Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury uses the theme of the relationship between conformity and rebellion to illustrate how books enlighten people and how an oppressive government can stimulate people to revolt. In the novel, people are controlled by the tyrannical government so much that firemen and other people do whatever the government expects them to do, whether it is good or not. Bradbury opens the story by explaining that: “It was a pleasure to burn” (1). In this passage, Montag loves his job as a fireman and enjoys the feeling of burning and destroying books. For him, it is a pleasure to see things eaten, blacken, and changed in venomous kerosene. Montag is proud of himself as a fireman, and he can even grin while pouring kerosene all over a house. However, the smile of Montag is stiff, it doesn’t come from his heart. Montag thinks he enjoys being a fireman. He ignores his anxiety of the job, and keeps wearing the helmet numbered 451 on his stolid head since it is prestigious to be a fireman. Mildred, the wife of Montag, also lives numbly in this society. She spends most time of her day with the fake family in the TV wall that she thinks is real. Mildred suicides by swallowing excess...
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