The Theme Of Purity In Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

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The acclaimed Christian minister and author Josh McDowell once said, “I’ve never had anyone define purity. You probably can’t define purity. Purity is to live by ones own design” (brainyquotes.com). The characters in the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury who are truly individual thinkers are all described as pure. The novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury depicts the enlightenment of a man named Guy Montag. In the society that the novel portrays, literature is prohibited while technology has replaced human interaction, and the need for it. In order to enforce laws outlawing books, firemen are compensated to, instead of extinguishing fires, ignite fires in order to eliminate books from existence. Montag was employed as a fireman until he meets …show more content…
He is precise and unambiguous about how Clarisse looks and her energy that she exudes on those around her. She is described as milk-white because she is natural. Milk, especially natural breast milk, is essential to babies’ survival. Clarisse is naturally pure. She as not been purposely sheltered by overprotecting parents, her parents have let her run rampant; she was born and grew up, uncorrupted by society. She was born naturally curious with only benevolent intensions, a rare commodity in the society. Even though Clarisse has been walking on earth for seventeen years, she is still agog and curious about all commodities that she witnesses. Clarisse herself represents the value of thought just as much as whiteness does. She contributes to this dystopian society by evening it out. Without people that are identical to her, the Dark Age that is accruing in the novel would never pass because there would be no discrepancy between the people and the government. Later in the story, Montag finds Clarisse home. Mesmerized by the laughing, talking, and acceptance of each other that the members of the home present, Montag just stood outside wishing he could go in. Bradbury …show more content…
As we see in the novel, Montag has but one friend who is still alive by the middle of the book, Faber. While Faber is a retired English professor and bookworm, he is also the most pusillanimous character in the entire novel. It seems he has not stepped out of his abode since the prohibition of literature. He is a non-contributing member to the society, yet he is also probably one of the smartest members of society. Unlike Clarisse, who is described as innocent, fun, and curious; Faber is described as old, worn down, and sickly. Bradbury

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