Theme Of Change In Fahrenheit 451

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Change is inescapable; it is the only consistent factor in any society, collective, or individual. Since change is constant, then why are societies usually so fixed on attempting to be rigid in their culture? In Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury uses the culture surrounding Montag to illustrate the evolution of his moral belief system in regards to knowledge.
No apparent conflict with Montag and his cultural upbringing was introduced in the opening of the novel. Montag lives in a futuristic society so advanced that all houses are fireproof and house fires are not an issue. Montag laughed as his inquisitive neighbor, Clarisse, began telling him that she once heard that a long time ago "they needed fireman to stop the flames" (6). The reader knows it to be true that firefighters did, in fact, stop fires. Along the line of advancement in society, firefighters were in need of a new purpose, so they were given what was seen as one of the highest honors. They were to protect their society from nihilism and free-thinking; to burn all books, manuscripts and written information. Not knowing what a book is or the reason anyone would value one, gave the protagonist the illusion that he was only doing what was best for his society. In chapter 1 Bradbury announces that "It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed"(1). Towards the beginning of the novel Montag favored his job as a firefighter above all else; he loved to burn things. Books and their
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