Ray Bradbury 's Fahrenheit 451

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“Fire is dangerous,” is what my mother always told me. Growing up with a mother that harped about playing with fire turned that very thing into my biggest fear. When I was younger, I had a repeating nightmare that my house would burn down in the middle of the night, and sometimes I would get stuck inside; other times I would escape and be purely mesmerized by both the danger and the beauty that the blaze held. This mesmerizing impression is brought to life in Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451. Bradbury employs many different human associations and responses to fire throughout the novel. In fact, the image of fire is the most dominant image used in Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Bradbury presents fire in many different ways in the novel, such as, a destroyer, things of beauty, and a restorer. In the beginning of the novel, fire is seen as a destroyer. The setting in Fahrenheit 451 is in a futuristic, totalitarian society. It is obvious that when the novel begins that destruction by fire is seen as a good thing. Ray Bradbury starts Fahrenheit 451 by giving insight as to how Guy Montag feels, “It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed” (1). I feel as if most people first perceive fire as dangerous and see it in a negative light. People are taught first to fear fire as children until they are old enough to better understand that although it is destructive, it can be used for good. Montag, seems strangely pleased with himself after he

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