Changes In Ray Bradbury's 'Fahrenheit 451'

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Fahrenheit 451 Essay
“My theory on life is that life is beautiful. Life doesn't change. We people change. We can be miserable or we can be happy. It’s what you make of your life.” said Mohamed bin Rashad Al Maktoum, the Vice President of Dubai. This quote means humanity can’t blame undesirable situations and others for their depression. For this reason, transforming is vital for those who are depressed to experience joy. In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag starts to fathom the problems with burning books after he meets 17 year-old Clarisse McClellan; he changes from ostensibly, blissfully ignorant to caring, self-thinking, and courageous.

Throughout the book, Montag’s beginning to think for himself. At the beginning of the book he seems like a robot. Moreover, he just performs the tasks he’s told to do and doesn't question the purpose behind the task. For example, Montag is a fireman and he lights houses on fire and burns books without truly comprehending why. Then, he meets Clarisse, an unusual girl who motivates Montag to question his life choices. According to page 10, “ ‘ Are you happy?’ she said. ‘ Am I what?’ he cried. “ (Bradbury,1953). This is the moment that Montag starts to evolve. Without Clarisse asking him this question, Montag would not have observed the dilemmas in his life. Accordingly, he wouldn't have made adjustments to eradicate them. Inquiries on his contentment, from Clarisse, forced Montag to ponder questions he would not normally.

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