Essay on Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

1080 Words Jan 6th, 2015 5 Pages
Imagine a society in which the citizens have been stripped of their sense of individuality and focus completely on the superficial. Ray Bradbury portrays this type of society in Fahrenheit 451. Books are illegal and burned if found in order to prevent conflict. The majority of citizens are content to live their lives free from challenges. Few citizens realize what is wrong with the society that they live in and those few stand out among the rest. In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury uses Guy Montag to demonstrate that a person can be transformed into a new individual when presented with new thoughts and ideas. Several factors contributed to this transformation.
Guy Montag is a loyal fireman whose job is to keep people happy by burning books that could contain controversial material. Firemen enforce the will of a people who only desire immediate gratification. “It didn’t come from the government down” (Bradbury 55). Captain Beatty explains to Montag that the public wanted things this way before the government saw the need to get rid of books. The government realized that the best way to keep the many different groups of people happy and content was to avoid controversy. “Beatty explains that in order to achieve societal equality and happiness, people should not be given two sides of an issue or books to debate, think about, or question” (Kerner 2). Books are made illegal to keep everybody happy. The society portrayed in Fahrenheit 451 attempts to please everybody. The…

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