Examples Of Courage In Fahrenheit 451

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Jenna Pham
Mr. Donoho
English 9A
12 November 2016
Everyone looks up to a hero. This can be someone that you look up to or respect. People are always searching for someone that has exceptional qualities, achievements and can perform activities that an ordinary person would find difficult. Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then
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Throughout the novel he shows that he has courage to do the right thing even though the odds are against him. For example, “Montag places his hand on the woman’s elbow and says, ‘You can come with me.’”(Bradbury 39). He tries to convince the old lady to get out of the house which was about to be burned. This act requires courage because in a society presented in Fahrenheit 451, nobody cares about others and by helping the old lady Montag creates suspicion about himself by his fellow firemen. Another point in the novel where Montag shows courage is that he reads in the subway in front of many people primarily to think independently. This is clearly an act of courage because reading or owning a book in the novel is illegal and can lead to severe consequences. Finally, Montag in order to make a difference and change the anti social society takes steps which are difficult but necessary. For example, he kills Beatty and knocks out the three firemen because they become a major threat to him as the firemen receive news about him hiding books in the house. In conclusion, Montag has a quality of a hero by having…show more content…
Montag in order to change himself and for the sake of curiosity hides books in his house which is clearly an act of risking his life because in Fahrenheit 451 reading or owning a book is illegal as it promotes readers to think independently. Another point where Montag risks his life is when he tries to change the mind of Mildred and her friends by reading them a poem. This act unfortunately worsens as one of Mildred’s friends starts to cry and another friend starts to criticize books. The outcome of this act becomes clearer when Montag realizes that his wife turned him to the firemen. Montag says, “Mildred, you didn’t put in the alarm!”(114). Finally, left with no choice Montag carries out the ultimate acts of sacrifice. He chooses to flee after burning Beatty, effectively leaving his old life behind. Regardless, of the difficulties he will face, Montag decides that he will be an agent of change in the improvement of his own society. Thus, Montag is a hero because he risks his life many times.

In conclusion, Montag has the qualities of a hero. He teaches us to do the right things in life even when everyone is against it. He also teaches us that sometimes in order to achieve a few things in life you may have to give up a few things in life. Guy Montag clearly shows heroism in Fahrenheit 451 and is ready to get it to the next step. We all can make a difference in society. Heroes are not born, they

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