Emotions And Reasons In Fahrenheit 451, By Ray Bradbury

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“‘Silly words, silly words, silly awful hurting words,’” said Mrs. Bowles. “‘Why do people want to hurt people? Not enough hurt in the world, you got to tease people with stuff like that!’” Fahrenheit 451 is a novel written by Ray Bradbury published in 1953. In Montag’s world, books are banned and anyone who is caught with one in their possession, will have it confiscated and burned by the firemen. The firemen constantly raid houses and do random book checks, just to make sure that the people are not disobeying them. If anyone is caught with a book, they are taken into custody and many are never seen again. Books bring on too many emotions and memories that are hard for people to deal with, so why force them to feel pain if it can be avoided? …show more content…
The government tells its people not to read books because they cause too much heartache for people to bear. By banning books, everyone is happy and no one gets hurt by all the cruel words that authors tend to use. Although, some people in Fahrenheit 451, decide that no one else’s feelings matter, so they illegally take books, hide, and read them. “We can’t burn these. I want to look at them, at least look at them once. Then if what the captain says is true, we’ll burn them together, believe me, we’ll burn them together,” F451, page 63. Montag goes against everything he was told, just to read books that so many people wish were never written. Once he does read, he starts to realize that he needs books, and continues to disobey the law. This teaches people that it is okay to not follow the rules. If a child is reading this book, they will believe that they are above the law and that they can do whatever they want. Montag discovers that he cannot live without books in his life, so he decides it is a good idea to murder someone and become a fugitive. He runs away from everything, with little repercussions, and ends up totally happy and guilt free in the end. Children will use this book to their advantage; they will think that they can do illegal things and get away with it, with no consequences. Laws are passed for a reason, they keep society in check, and all F451 does is influence its readers that they should …show more content…
Schools world wide force teens to read F451, but many do not consider what it costs a religious student to read this. The book has an endless amount of references to the bible and other religious descriptions. Montag went to a church when he was younger, and saw images of saints but he did not understand. “The faces of those enameled creatures meant nothing to him, though he talked to them and stood in that church for a long time, trying to be of that religion…” F451, page 91. Montag compared the saints from a church to Mildred’s friends. He tried to feel connected towards the church and its saints, but he could not grasp the concept. For children who are religious and were able to accept God into their hearts this is extremely rude, especially since Bradbury chose to compare the divine with mortals in such an inconsiderate way. Concerned parents went to their churches to consult with their ministers. “‘We want them to go after God,’” said Glen Jalowy Jr., Grand Parkway Church Youth Minister. “‘We encourage them that what you put in your mind and heart is what comes out.’” Reading F451 for many people is not following the path of God and goes against what they believe in. It is extremely hard for someone to have to read something that influences them to be unfaithful. It feels like you are betraying your church and no one should be forced to feel guilty in such a way, just because a school requires you

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