Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury Essay

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Guy Montag, the main character in the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, was a man lacking in any sense of worry or care in the world. In Fahrenheit 451, that is the way to live in society in which they are oblivious of the power the government has over their lives. His occupation is to be a firefighter, which ironically, is to ignite fires instead of extinguishing them. The reason is that within their society they are not allowed to read books because the government fears that knowledge in one 's mind might lead to the person overthrowing whoever is in control or has the most power in the society. Montag had no problem with this and went about carrying out his job wholeheartedly, but only for a short amount of time. It was only when Montag met Clarisse McClellan did he notice the harshness of society as opposed to the joys of nature in which he rarely participates in. Also when Clarisse asked “Are you happy?” (Bradbury 10) Montag takes some time to analyze his life and tries to find the cause of his emptiness and his state of being dissatisfied with the people in authority and no longer willing to support them. Montag begins to look at things a little differently. In doing this, Montag becomes kinder. He sees the self-destructing, depressed people and is affected by them instead of moving on with his life and not caring. He changes “sides”. Instead of carrying on working as a fireman, he goes to the “enemy” side knowing that books may be the answer to his emptiness. He,…

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