Guy Montag from Fahrenheit 451, written by Ray Bradbury, reflects onto the prisoner of Plato’s “Allegory of the Cave,” because both characters progress into enlightened and inquiring members of society after being estranged to being ignorant for their entire lives once they undergo struggles and revelations. Ray Bradbury’s novel centers
“’Strange. I heard once that a long time ago houses used to burn by accident and they needed firemen to stop the flames’” (Bradbury 6). In the dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Guy Montag is a fireman, someone that burns books for the government to keep
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
This symbolizes a crack in Montag’s shell of ignorance and shows how he is capable of thinking about the past with the knowledge he gained from Clarisse. Moreover, the shell of ignorance breaks even more when Clarisse compares Montag to other citizens. In her narration, she describes how different Montag is and how she feels it is strange that he is a fireman:
Montag soon begins to enter the bonfire stage. Clarisse, is an observant, curious, open-minded and unique 17 year old girl. Montag, after meeting a couple times with Clarisse, is when his eyes truly open that his society is full of fake realities. He becomes observant and starts asking questions about his society. While being with Clarisse, Montag would smell the leaves and notice the small details; therefore, he was having a shift from being a prisoner to going up to the bonfire. On page #48 it says, “ You’re not sick,” said Mildred. Montag fell back in bed. He reached under the pillow. The hidden book was still there. “Mildred, how would it be if, well, maybe I quit my job awhile?” “You want to give up everything? After all these years of working, because, one night, some woman and her books-” “You should have seen her, Millie!”…. “You weren’t there, you didn’t see ,” he said. “ There must be something in the books, things we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.” This is the event that changed Montags viewpoint on books
Montag's house was on fire. He ended up burning all to forget about his past for example his wife whom he never loved and never knew her. “Fire was the best for everything” Montag felt this because Fire was the only way out of everything, his feeling and thoughts. In this this Montag showed that he is “unhappy” with his life because of everything such as Clarisse’s death. Clarisse is a young lady who loves adventures and have new experiences she died on a car crash. She showed Montag the way of life and why it’s important to live every second of
Clarisse’s and Mildred’s presence in Ray Bradbury's story Fahrenheit 451, gives the idea that both characters are alive but metaphorically dead by looking at their personalities and ways of being in their dystopian community and personal relationships. Clarisse and Mildred may have different personalities but they both share the same
You would think that in a society like the one in Fahrenheit 451, everyone would be similar. That's not the case for Mildred Montag and Clarisse McClellan. Throughout the book, Mildred and Clarisse show multiple traits of themselves that are very different. They're not similar in almost anything. During Fahrenheit 451, Mildred and Clarisse are completely opposite people and that is shown in the differences in their personality, values, and relationship with Montag.
Clarisse deeply questions Montag's behavior, and exposes his potential independence. She asks about why he chose the work that he did, followed by her interpretation of Montag. She notices that Montag listens to her, and that he does things that other firemen don't do. He respects Clarisse, and lets her speak her mind. Clarisse mentions that he is different from the others, and this is very important. He was independent, and didn't know it yet. He struck out from all of the firefighters, and was different from the rest of his fellow book burners.
“ ‘Bet I know something else you don’t. There’s dew on the grass in the morning.’ (Montag) suddenly couldn’t remember if he had known this or not, and it made him quite irritable. ‘And if you look’ - she nodded to the sky - ‘there’s a man in the moon.’ He hadn’t looked for a long time.” (7). Montag meets Clarisse, his new neighbor, in the park while going home from a job. Almost immediately, Montag notices that this girl is different; she is very odd, and talks a lot about subjects unrelated to each other, such as the jet-cars and how houses used to not be fireproof. This line shows how Montag hasn’t been looking at the world as a whole and thinking about it. Instead, he has only been burning down houses and going home to his wife without
“It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed” (Bradbury 3). If Montag felt the slightest amount of emotion, he would display sympathy towards the authors’ whose work was being disintegrated into thin air. He begins his journey without emotion, but he is reminded of feelings such as love by a call to adventure from the magically depicted girl, Clarisse. While speaking with her, he is reminded of an event that depicts light as a creative, peaceful symbol: “One time, as a child, in a power failure, his mother had found and lit a last candle and there had been a brief hour of rediscovery, of such illumination that space lost its vast dimensions and drew comfortably around them, and they, mother and son, alone, transformed, hoping that the power might not come on again too soon…” (Bradbury 7). Clarisse makes Montag question his perspective and reminds him ever so slightly of the feeling of love; however, despite her insight, Montag continues to follow the status quo of disregarding books as nonsense. Only when Montag experiences the love and passion the Unidentified Old Woman had for her books does he have a spark of curiosity. “The woman’s hand twitched on the single
Montage loves the way that fire burns books and completely blacken it turning Clarisse is not getting the feeling that she thinks she would get from a fireman. "you're one of the few who put up with me. That's why I think it's so strange you're a fireman, it just doesn’t seem right to you, somehow"(Bradbury pg26). This made Montag feel hotness and coldness, softness and a hardness. This shows the amount of feelings Montag gets from being around her. This shows that Montag is in an identity crisis during his conversation with Clarisse. Montag doesn't know if his profession of being a fireman is right or wrong. " you laugh when I haven't been funny, and you answer right off. You never stop to think ever asked you". This quote really shows the character development of Montag from being an ordinary fireman to someone Clarisse feels comfortable around. Furthermore, Montag is now starting to get more comfortable around Clarisse and her thoughts on the
Is it right for society to be in charge of what everyone has to say and do if they do not want to be an outcast? Many people follow whatever is popular in society because they do not want to be the one who does not fit in. In Fahrenheit 451, everyone follows a certain standard. People are not allowed to keep books in their houses because they will inspire people to be different. If people are suspected to, or have, books, the government hires firemen to come burn people’s houses down. Citizens drive so fast they must have ten lanes of road to help the traffic flow and billboards 200 feet long so people can see them as they drive. Society is only in control because people do not try to be different or change it. Clarisse McClellan is an example
Clarisse represents a part from Montag, she represents his deepest thoughts that the society made him forget about. She is the light for his darkness that made him realize that burning books is wrong and he wasn’t happy with his life. She is his younger self that was buried deep down inside him. Because he seems to know her very well even though he has known her for a short time. Because for him she is young Montag that used to enjoy life and loves books. An example that shows Clarisse is part of Montag is when he is talking with Beatty and “Suddenly it seemes a much younger voice was speaking for him. He opened his mouth and it was Clarisse McClellan” (31) Montag is mentally attached to Clarisse, so he started talking like her, started talking like he used to when he was young. The other part of Montag is represented by the firemen: “these men were all mirror images of himself!” (30). His job is the other half of Montag that is dominant and that buried young Montag deep down, and Captain Beatty is exactly like Montag. Beatty also used to read books before and he used to question the system just like Montag is now. When Montag kills Beatty he feels as if he has
Character Influence In Fahrenheit 451’s dystopian society, the possession of books is considered criminal. A once proud fireman who regularly burned books turned a new leaf and began to understand and value the importance of literature. Multiple characters in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 impact the ex-firemans, Montag, life in a