Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury Essay

1102 Words Oct 26th, 2014 5 Pages
Are you truly satisfied with your life? In the science fiction novel, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, no one could have ever began to answer the question above. In a society where no one ever questions government, society, authority, or even themselves, the vast majority resorts to leading simple-minded discussions and emulating robots in their everyday routines. Mildred Montag falls under the society’s vast majority. Her husband, Guy Montag, a fireman who makes a living at burning books because any thinking causes controversy, begins to question everything around him, and he grows very troubled by what he discovers. Bradbury’s contrasting characterization in Fahrenheit 451 proves one must be bothered with life’s complexities now and then to live in a state of genuine satisfaction.
Mildred, Montag’s wife, does not question the boundaries of society’s role or life in general throughout the book which leads to a state of deep dissatisfaction with her existence, exemplified by her attempts at suicide. A feeling of emptiness replaces her lack of awareness of the world, leading to discontentment. Bradbury describes Mildred’s nearly dead body in an interesting manner, as Montag finds “her tamped-shut ears, and her eyes all glass, and breath going in and out [...] and her not caring whether it went or came” (13.) Through the emphasis of her shut ears and her transparent eyes, one can conclude one of the character’s characteristics ignorant and unwilling to listen to others…

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