April 20, 2015
The Fahrenheit 451 Essay
Rebellion means to stand up for what one believes is right. Rebellion involves hardship and struggle. It involves betrayal from the people who are closest to one. It causes one to realize the true nature of people. In the book Fahrenheit 451 written by Ray Bradbury, rebellion plays an important role in Montag’s journey through betrayal, hardship and giving him a better realization of the world.
In Montag’s journey he faces betrayal many times. Montag betrays the firemen by stealing a book from Mrs. Blake’s house. The narrator explains as Montag’s hand acts on its own, “Now it plunged the book back under his arm, pressed it tight to sweating armpit…” (Bradbury 37-38). By stealing a book and keeping it, Montag breaks and goes against the sole ideals of the firemen. Mildred betrays Montag by calling in the alarm to burn their house. The narrator explains as the firemen arrive in fornt of Montag’s house, “… Mildred came down the steps, running, one suitcase held with a dreamlike clenching rigidity in her fist…” (Bradbury 119). This is evident betrayal because Montag expects his wife, Mildred, to keep his secret. Montag betrays Captain Beatty and kills him. The narrator explains Beatty after Montag sprays him with his flamethrower: “… he was a shrieking blaze, a jumping, sprawling gibbering manikin, no longer human or known” (Bradbury 119). This relates to this because by killing Beatty, Montag betrays the laws and kills the fireman. Betrayal plays an important role in Montag’s rebellion and though out his journey.
Secondly, Montag faces many hardship throughout his journey. Montag faces a hardship when he reveals the books to Mildred. The narrator tells, “When he was done he looked down upon some twenty books lying at his wife’s feet” (Bradbury 66). This is evident because Montag did not know how Mildred would react to the books. Montag’s choice to jump in the river with one of his...
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Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Ballantine Books, 1991. Print.
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