Essay on An Analysis Of ' Fahrenheit 451 '

1158 Words Nov 2nd, 2015 5 Pages
There are many character opposites in literature. Opposites tend to highlight certain qualities or characteristics of the other. For example, in the Harry Potter series, Lord Voldemort greatly contrasts Professor Dumbledore. Dumbledore is kind and a good person while Voldemort is extremely cruel, vicious, and evil. While they are different, they do have some similarities. They are both very powerful and lead a group of followers. However, their differences tend to show how they are opposites. These pairs of opposites are known as foils in literature. Another relevant foil is in the novel Fahrenheit 451. Mildred, the protagonist’s wife, and Clarisse, an acquaintance of the protagonist. These two foils allow readers to identify important characteristics of each other. Many foils are essential to the story and are present in Fahrenheit 451, which include Mildred and Clarisse, Faber and Granger, and Beatty and Montag.
A relevant foil in Fahrenheit 451 is Faber and Granger. Faber is a secret colleague of Montag’s who attempts to help Montag understand books and later helps to shelter Montag from the authorities. Granger is an elderly man that Montag meets while fleeing from the government. He is part of a secret group that memorizes books so they can redo society when the chance is given. First, Faber is a coward while Granger is brave. Faber even admits to this himself twice when he says to Montag “I am a cowardly fool.” (Bradbury 86). Later when Montag discovers Faber’s table…

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