Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury Essay

721 Words Nov 7th, 2016 3 Pages
Everyone loves to read, right? Well, not in the little town that Guy Montag lives in. This is because the idea of reading is not accepted by their government. Montag is the protagonist in the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. This novel provides us with a different perspective of reading, fire, and society. In the novel, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury he uses symbolism such as fire and the phoenix to convey their town and how the government works.
Fire, fire, and more fire. Throughout the entire novel Bradbury places a reference on fire, which is a major symbol. Even the title “Fahrenheit 451” that is “the temperature at which book-paper catches fire and burns.” (Bradbury 1) Guy Montag is the protagonist of this novel and he is a fireman in the town he lives in. His job as a fireman is not the usual fireman. He is to find out of anyone in the community that has a book of any kind, a copy, anything and when they are found they must burn the house to the ground. This already shows something about their government and society. Why would the government not want anyone to have knowledge of any history, or even let them read for fun? Nothing is acceptable. In the beginning Montag has an easier feeling about the fire and it doesn’t bother him at all. In the novel he states “Montag grinned the fierce grin of all men signed and driven back by flame. He knew that when he returned to the firehouse, he might wink at himself, a minstrel man, burntcorked, in the mirror. Later, going…

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