Theme Of Freedom In Fahrenheit 451

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Even when trapped and imprisoned, be this figuratively or literally, human beings have a tendency to assert their freedom. In a dystopian society, where freedom of decision is stifled, this rings especially true. Fahrenheit 451, written by Ray Bradbury, sticks true to this fact of human nature. Guy Montag, a firefighter, is the main example of this fact. Starting on the track to his rebellion, Montag begins to steal books from the homes he burns, reading them illegally in his own home. After he has done much of this, he forms a plot with a retired English professor, Faber, to reproduce books and plant them in the homes of Montag’s colleagues, in order to overthrow them. Finally, after he is caught, Montag stands up to his boss, Beatty, and …show more content…
By taking the literature from the sites he is set to burn and reading them at home. Montag begins to defy his government. He then takes his resistance a couple steps further by joining a former subject of interest to sabotage his colleagues. Finally, he manages to free himself completely by standing up to and killing his boss, Beatty, and fleeing the city to join an official group of mutineers in the wilderness, prepared to teach others his ways. As a whole, humanity dislikes being cooped up; a lack of free will leaves people antsy and desperate to find a way to escape their figurative or literal confines, even if, when free, they still choose to not do much at all. This is why it is so important to maintain one’s freedom, or stand up for one’s self in situations where one is not able to think and act the way they wish. Humanity as a whole should use these instincts as a guide, backed up with logic, to break free from oppressive convention. Maybe then, everybody will be free enough that there will be no need to

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