Betrayal In Fahrenheit 451 Analysis

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Betrayal will always end in chaos. In Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451, society is betrayed by rebels attempting to save banned books. This betrayal ultimately causes chaos and conflict against society itself. No one reacts well to being betrayed; the disloyalty of family, co-workers and/or one’s community leads to more distrust, disloyalty and eventually chaos. Specifically, no one living in a dystopian society reacts positively to the act of betrayal. Bradbury’s main character Montag, is betrayed by his wife and his society, leading to his distrust and ultimate betrayal of his own co-workers and community. The spread of distrust and betrayal in this novel leads to the chaos that eventually destroys Bradbury’s dystopian society. The first act of betrayal was happening to the main character; Montag. Montag’s wife, Mildred never showed more interest in him than her Seashell radios. “there was a tiny dance of melody in the air, her Seashell was tamped in her ear again… why didn’t he buy himself an audio-Seashell broadcasting station and talk to his wife late at night…” (Page 42, chapter 1 The Hearth and the Salamander). On various occasions Mildred shows that she is very content with her Seashells. Instead of making real conversation with Montag, she slowly distances herself from him. Mildred would do anything for her radio people, but never anything for her husband. Furthermore, Mildred had more ways that she avoided Montag. Mildred never cared about or agreed with

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