Fahrenheit 451 Hero Journey

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Shafee Syed-Quadri Ms. Rooney English 10 H/ P6 29 September 2017 The Journey of a Fireman "It was a pleasure to burn” (Bradbury 1). This quote represents the protagonist, Montag’s initial perspective of fire. Montag was content with his life and his job in this scene. However, all of this was to change. In Ray Bradbury’s dystopian fiction Fahrenheit 451, Montag lives in a society where reading books is illegal. Montag’s job as a fireman is to burn books and anyone who owns them. After an interesting encounter with Clarisse, Montag realizes that he has been fooled all his life. He realizes that books hold an infinite amount of knowledge. This novel follows Montag’s journey and crusade to learn the wonders books hold. From the call to…show more content…
As deliberations whirl through his mind, Montag finally feels a sickness and discomfort. “How rarely did other people’s faces take of you and throw back to you your own expression, your innermost trembling thought?” (8). This illustrates that Clarisse brought a rumination out of Montag. Montag no longer is at ease with his line of work. This event represents the call to adventure for Montag as Clarisse made him ponder for the first time in a long time. The scene following portrays the crossing of the threshold into a new world for Montag. Montag, now confused and disconcerted, enters his new world. The crossing here is symbolized by the entrance through a doorway. “He opened the bedroom door” (9). The threshold scene in many books and movies is exemplified by the physical crossing of some sort. It may be portrayed by the action of entering a portal, boarding a plane, or getting on a boat to another land. Here, the physical object was a doorway. The paragraph following exhibits a distinction in descriptive terms compared to the scene with Clarisse. In his encounter with the 17-year-old girl, the words “slender… milk-white… gentle… and whispered” (3) were employed. In the scene when Montag enters his bedroom, the phrases “cold, marbled room… complete darkness, not a hint of the silver world outside… the chamber a tomb-world where no sound could penetrate” (9) were used. In terms of illustrative usage,

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