Transformation In Fahrenheit 451

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Register to read the introduction… In the society of Fahrenheit 451, this awareness makes Montag an extremely dangerous figure, as he directly opposes the government with his attainment of knowledge; to keep their power, the government must keep the populace ignorant, thus supressing any rebellious thoughts or ideas. This draws a parallel with the Nazi Fascist regime and their censoring of knowledge, represented by the infamous book-burning of 1933. In Fanning the Flames of Intolerance, Jon Henley states that the worth of a book is greater than mere ink and paper, as they are the materialisation of the beliefs of a person (or in some cases an entire nation or religion). Understanding this, the Nazis and the government of Fahrenheit 451 sought to destroy all the books that contradicted their rule, thus denying the people access to thought-provoking material. Therefore, through books, Montag becomes conscious of the monotony of his previous life, and now rebels against the very foundations of his society. Due to this intellectual illumination, Montag begins to acknowledge the details of the world around him, details he had once ignored: ‘”Bet I know something else you don’t. There’s dew on the grass this morning.”’As enlightenment dawns on Montag, he finally begins to realise the power within books (i.e. they hold the key to power through knowledge) and …show more content…
Through comprehension of this fact, the government of Fahrenheit 451 sought to strip the people of thought and understanding, thus rendering them powerless by their ignorance. Therefore, Montag, rebelling against the ideals of his society, committed the ‘crime’ of attainment of knowledge, which made him aware of the oppression that he faced at the hands of the government. Despite his initial confusion at these new concepts, Montag, through the guidance of the many catalysts of the narrative, as well as the destruction of his former society, discovers that he, and the other intellectuals will lead the humanity into the future, away from the ignorance that had plagued the previous …show more content…
Fanning the Flames of Intolerance, Author: Jon Henley, pub. 24th September 2010

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