At the beginning of the novel, Guy Montag was a firefighter who lived a monotony life controlled by the government who kept the society oppressed by erasing what they didn’t understand. Montag’s job was to burn down the houses with the books inside because it was illegal to have them. He witnessed an old woman suicide by burning herself alive with her books, this provoked his curiosity in literature. He stole a book from the burning house and took it home to know more about it. The government did not start the censorship of the books, it was caused due protests of minority over the controversial content found in books. The firemen were soon hired and told to burn books in the name of public happiness. The government didn’t want people to know more than they do because they will have more information and it will be harder to have them under control.
Towards the end of the book, Montag discovers he is living in an unreal world controlled and suppressed by it’s own government. He starts to realize the government wants to take away people’s knowledge and enjoyment on books by burning them down with all the person’s belongings. The government tried to have the people under a certain set of rules because they were afraid that