Theme Of Fire In Fahrenhit 451

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Bradbury 's motif of fire in Fahrenhit 451 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a man named Guy Montag who worked as a fireman. In the society where he lived, a fireman burned books, it was illegal for anyone to posses any books. Montag was used to his lifestyle, and way of thinking until he met a seventeen year old girl named Clarisse McClellan. Clarisse made Montag open minded, she made him start thinking differently which led him to start making changes in his life. After his conversations with her he began to wonder what were in books and why were they banned, this led him to stealing a book from a house he burned. His boss Beatty grew suspicious of Montag and always gave him constant advise on why books were bad. As a result of Montag…show more content…
In the novel it was a known law that books were against the law, but unfortunately not everyone obeyed this law. One day when Montag was at work, the fire station received a call of duty , as they arrived at their set location they found a woman who was not willing to give up her books. Beatty and the other firemen tried to persuade her to get out of the house so it could be burned but she refused, as a result Beatty ordered for the burning to continue. "The woman 's hand twitched on the single matchstick. The fumes of kerosene bloomed up about her"(11). The woman that was killed in the fire represented the kind of person people of authority did not want in their society, she represented a person with knowledge. The firemen used fire to take away knowledge, because she read books and she was aware of what the government was trying to hide from the society. To illustrate the dominion fire gave people, on a particular day Montag decided to explore the books he had, as he was reading a passage by Samuel Johnson caught his attention . Due to this Mildred got nervous for the fact that her husband had books, her biggest fear was Beatty coming back to find them. In return Montag retaliates by yelling "I 've heard rumors about hate too, once in a long while over the years. Do you know why? I don 't, that 's sure! Maybe the books can get us half out of the cave. They just might stop us from making the same damn insane mistakes!"(185). Everyone in Montag 's society has been placed in a box of ignorance which relates back to knowledge taken away from the society. The government using fire to take away knowledge has taken away every individual 's ability to have basic understanding of how the world really is. Montag acknowledges this fault when he was having a screaming match with
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