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Fahrenheit 451 Essay

  • Submitted by: longlivedss
  • on August 20, 2015
  • Category: English
  • Length: 945 words

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Below is an essay on "Fahrenheit 451" from Anti Essays, your source for research papers, essays, and term paper examples.

In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the main character, Montag, revises his way of thinking and reinvents himself based on the knowledge he has gained throughout the novel.

            Guy Montag is a fireman in a utopia where people rely on TV for entertainment and educational purposes, face to face interactions are looked down on, and books are illegal. However Guy is not our traditional heroic fireman. He’s required to burn down books, along with the houses they’re stored in, and arrest the book owner. Not only does Montag love his job, but he found, “it was special pleasure to see things blackened, and changed” (Bradbury pg 1). Montag, along with majority of society, find books are nothing but a hassle. They’re time consuming and a waste of space. Therefore, the people eventually stopped reading them.   Since no one had a desire to read the books anymore, the government decided to ban them altogether to lead everyone to one way of thinking. They felt the books were too controversial and led to fights and arguments.

            Montag never questioned anything about how society was run; that is until he met Clarisse. Clarisse was “seventeen and [she’s] crazy” (pg 5). However, she is fully aware of a lot of things that people chose to turn a blind eye on. Teenagers killed each other with no remorse, not thinking was like breathing, and it was looked down on to do everyday things like taking time to look at or smell things. Clarisse knew that there was something crooked with most things in the world. She even had an idea, “that long ago, firemen used to put fires out instead of going to start them” (pg 6). She was quite odd to everyone around her. Montag’s character started to change when Clarisse made him realize he wasn’t in love nor was he happy. Mildred, Montag’s wife cared more about her TV family than she cared about Montag, and they barely had anything in common anymore. Therefore, barely anything about his life made him happy; he just learned to accept...

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