Archetypes Of Water In Fahrenheit 451, By Ray Bradbury

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A Dystopian Novel: Watered Down Water is a universal archetype used in many different works of literature today. Archetypes are universal symbols that are used in literature to enhance the story and add meaning to certain words. Water is an archetype for cleansing and a fresh start; this is no different in the novel, Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury. This dystopian novel contains many archetypes, but water is one of the predominate archetypes used. It is about a man, named Montag, who lives in a society that is overloaded with technology. Everyone in the society is so addicted to the screens that all human relationships have faded. After Montag realizes this, the rest of the story is about him breaking free from the norms of society. The…show more content…
Another mentor of Montag is Clarisse; she pushes Montag to change. After Clarisse tells Montag how good rain tastes, you can see a change in Montag. He thinks about what Clarisse tells him “And then, very slowly, as he walked, he tilted his head back in the rain, for just a few moments, and opened his mouth”(21). Montag tasting the rain proves that he is changing. He is beginning to notice the world around him, and connect with nature. The rain coming into his mouth symbolizes Montag being purified. Rain is used throughout the novel symbolizing the gradual cleansing of society to show there is still some hope. In the novel, rain is often associated with Clarisse, showing that she is the purity and hope, for that society. Montag begins to change after he meets Clarisse. She represents purification and that is why rain is often associated with rain; whenever she is around, rain is often present too. She is always by nature and will stop and notice things like the rain: "I'm still crazy. The rain feels good. I love to walk in it … Rain even tastes good"(19). This shows that Clarisse is not the same as everyone in that society. She pushes the change in Montag which begins his journey to distillation. Clarisse also talked about how people used to sit on porches and talk to each other before technology took over. Even though Clarisse died, she still leaves an impact on

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