Culture, Characters In Fahrenheit 451, By Ray Bradbury

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The culture, characters, and theme in Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 create an interesting dystopian novel that serves as a warning to future readers. The novel is set in the year 2053 and the main character Guy Montag works as a fireman. In this book they set fires upon books rather than put them out. When Montag is walking home one day after work he meets a teenage girl that will for ever change his life, Clarisse. Clarisse acts like a mirror to Montag making him question the culture of his life. Bradbury wrote the novel with many cultural aspects a few being technology and relationships. Technology plays a huge part in the characters lives because they rely heavily on it. Mildred, Montag’s wife learned how to lip-read…show more content…
However, when Clarisse asks Montag if he is happy Montag is confused and has to reassure himself that he is indeed happy. But later that night Montag realized the he really wasn’t happy, after seeing Mildred nearly die he realized that all of his happiness was fake. “He felt his smile slide away, melt, fold over and down on itself like a tallow skin, like the stuff of a fantastic candle burning too long and now collapsing and now blown out” (Bradbury 9). Montag started to realize how messed up the world was that random strangers came into his house to help Mildred and how they weren’t even doctors. This started to change Montag without him realizing it. At the end of the book the reader can infer that Montag was now free, and truly happy. When Montag burned his own house, he set himself free from his life in the town. He was free of fire, Mildred, the parlor, all of it. “Montag could not move. A great earthquake had come with fire and leveled the house…..and his entire life under there and he could not move” (Bradbury 112). Montag realized he was truly happy towards the end of the book when he joined with the old professors and accepted his new life. Along with the characters the last way he creates a great dystopian novel is with the numerous themes.
Technology and knowledge are themes continually shown throughout the book. Technology starts off as being a very helpful tool in their society, but has one keeps reading one

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