Essay Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

1334 Words Sep 23rd, 2015 6 Pages
In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury paints a bleak colorless picture of a dystopian future where books are banned and firemen burn them. The story follows Guy Montag, a fireman who begins to question his role when he meets a strange young girl that forces him to take off his rose colored glasses, and see the world as it really is. This change causes him to evolve from a faithful public servant to a confident nonconformist, invoking emotional, physical, and moral changes within Montag. At the beginning of the book, Montag doesn’t feel any strong emotions, good or bad. A perfect example is when he knows even if something happens to his wife he will be fine. “He remembered thinking then that if she died, he was certain he wouldn’t cry,” he will not shed a tear for someone he is supposed to love (40). Even though he thinks he loves her, when Clarisse showed that he did not with the dandelions, “‘What a shame,’ she said ‘You’re not in love with anyone.’ ‘Yes I am!’ ‘It doesn’t show,” this makes him question how he felt at all (20). Thinking about how he felt, he finds that he only has fake happiness; he is not truly happy. Montag is just blissfully ignorant of it all, thinking that his smile that “never ever went away, as long as he remembered,” is completely normal(4). By the end of the book, Montag became enlightened by the knowledge and the power of books. Through reading them, he begins to feel and show emotion, to the point where he even cries, “then the city rolled over and…

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