Theme Of Violence In Fahrenheit 451

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Is violence and destruction the right way to find comfort? Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel about a society where books are not allowed. Not very many people know the truth about life and the majority of people are sheltered from the reality. The protagonist, Montag, is a fireman originally part of the majority, but he begins to question his society. His questioning and confusion is started when he meets a young girl named Clarisse. He faces many challenges while trying to figure out the truth. Violence is prevalent throughout the entire novel and very discreetly. Bradbury uses a variety of purposeful structure to get the theme of Fahrenheit 451 across that people shouldn’t be so desolate to the point where violence and destruction are …show more content…
Mildred mentions Clarisse’s death like she could care less about “McClellan. McClellan, Run over by a car. Four days ago. I'm not sure. But I think she's dead. The family moved out anyway. I don't know. But I think she's dead."(Bradbury 44) Mildred’s initial response is so stolid and perfunctory. The fact that Mildred shows no emotion while informing her husband that an innocent young girl has died denotes that violence and death are ruccuring and acceptable things. This structure makes it stay in the reader’s mind and shows a significant emphasis on how commonplace death was. Before her death, Clarisse mentions that she is scared of everyone her age because they are being shot, beaten up and run over by cars. Since Clarisse’s personality represents the truth, this thought of hers exhibits the idea that violence and this society are wrong because reality should not be so violent. Here, it is conspicuous how Bradbury’s use of purposeful structure is developing the theme of the novel.

Another example of purposeful structure is repetition, and this repetition is effectively used to show how Montag is incredibly furious talking to Mildred’s friend, Mrs. Bowles, on the parlour because she is hysterically crying when he reads part of a book. She is crying because she is shocked at how hurtful
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Beatty forces Montag to burn his own home. He instead burns and kills Beatty, becoming independent and unrestricted psychologically. Ultimately, Montag sends a flamethrower at Beatty “And then he was a shrieking blaze, a jumping, sprawling, gibbering mannikin, no longer human or known, all writhing flame on the lawn as Montag shot one continuous pulse of liquid fire on him.”(Bradbury 113) By killing Beatty, Montag finally gets the satisfaction of feeling free. This method of using a long sentence and multiple adjectives to describe what Beatty has become shows that Montag is relieved and he no longer mentally feels controlled. His freedom from the society is again achieved using violence. This example further proves the point that people should never have to get to the instance where the only way to gain alleviation is by carrying out harmful actions. Also with this point, society should not shelter people from the truth. Even though it seems like it is helpful, hiding awful truth only leads to people’s minds becoming so limited and makes it even more

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