One of a basic idea of Indonesia has been freedom of thinking and a free flow of ideas. But in some societies, governments try to keep their people ignorant. Usually, this is so governments can keep people under control and hold on to their power. In trying to keep people from the realities of the world, these oppressive governments can end up damaging or even destroying their society.
The irritation of Fahrenheit 451 is Guy Montage, who has spent his life in a state Of ignorance, like most people in his society. In fact, he works as a fireman, a feared member of the government whose main job is to burn books. “It’s fine work,” Montage explains. “Monday burn Malay, Wednesday Whitman, Friday Faulkner, burn ‘erne to ashes, then burn the ashes. That’s our official slogan. ” (Bradbury 9) Books are outlawed in this society, and TV and news are monitored. The government keeps the people distracted with parlor walls. These are television screens built into walls that broadcast mindless entertainment.
In the beginning of the novel, it seems that all in the society is under control. Montage, after ten years working for the government, has never questioned or even thought about why books are banned. He accepts his life and the work he does every day. It changes one night when he unexpectedly meets Claries McClellan, a girl who says that she is “crazy’ from a “peculiar” family. As they walk home together, Claries asks Montage about being a fireman. At first, he laughs at her questions, like when she asks why has never read a book. ‘That’s against the law! ” he laughs. She keeps asking him questions. You think too many thoughts,” Montage says. But being with Claries has disturbed Montage. When she leaves him, she shouts, “Are you happy? ” “Am I what? ‘ he cries. (Bradbury 1 0) This scene shows how Montage has never stopped to think about his life or the world. But this meeting with Claries has opened up something in his mind, the thought of whether he actually was happy, and if what he was doing is right. The reader sees this right away when Montage encounters Claries for the very first time. “So many people are. Afraid of firemen, mean. But you’re just a man, after all… (Bradbury 7) Through this attempt, Bradbury got Readers views for Fahrenheit 451 and the meaning that goes with it. Reader’s response criticism can be an opinion or thought fatwa the reader thinks or feels about a text or book. From reading the novel Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury uses symbolism to get his point to across to readers about our society’s future. He uses symbolism from the burning of the books, the high use of technology, and the ban of reading books. Bradbury symbolism leads readers to get a thought censorship used in the novel. In Bradbury Fahrenheit 51, the censorship was the use of technology.
The town only watched television and listened to the radio. ‘Without turning on the light he could imagine how his room would look, his wife stretched on the bed… In her ears the little seashells, the thimble radios electronic ocean sound of music and talk of music” (Bradbury 2). This censorship in the novel got the reader’s to believe that Bradbury was showing how advanced and powerful technology has made people lazy. The burning of books depicts the general population living in darkness. Without the knowledge from books, everyone remains qualm. The power of technology has taken over of people reading books.
There are a few that goes to the library to do research or take out a book. They could now search the internet to get information. If one wants to read a book, there are many options to use to purchase one online like the Kindle, the Nook, and many more book devices that are used to read. Montage decided to disobey the government. He steals a book and hides it under his pillow. He finds other people of have books. The government finds out about him and hunts for him, but he escapes. In the end, Montage and other exiles watch as he government destroys his city and others.
They become determined to rebuild their society, passing down wisdom to future generation. We learn this when Montage and exile leader Granger are talking about the legend of the Phoenix, how the bird burns everything but then it comes back. Except he realizes that they can be different from the Phoenix. They can come back, but they can remember the mistakes that were made so they don’t repeat them. They won’t remake society as it was they will make something new, where people can share ideas and read books. “… It looks like we’re doing the same hint over and over but we’ve got one damn thing the phoenix never have,” Granger says. We know the damn silly thing we just did… Sometimes stop making the goddamn funeral pyres and jumping in the middle. We pick up a few more people that remember every generation” (Bradbury’ 25). In reading Fahrenheit 451, we have learned there is a proper time to challenge the system. Complacency and fear can lead to evil taking over. Ray Bradbury takes Montage through many obstacles, some of which he brings on himself and others brought on by ineffectively doing nothing. In this world, it is hard o get truth to reveal itself.
Montage is put in the position of verifying and searching for truth in the laws and following what his heart is leading him to do. People all have a zeal and passion for life in some form or another. In our society today it is still important to stand up for what you believe. During World War II, there was a huge genocide going on in Europe. Very few people stood up against evil until it was too late. Standing up to the government and fighting for what was right became a difficult thing to do, but it had to be done to save the lives of thousands. It is up to the individual to step out ended the comfort zone and take action for what is right.
Bradbury and the other authors do a great job of walking the characters through complex circumstances and making the reader reflect on their own situation. Author Bio Full Name: Ray Douglas Bradbury pen Name: Ray Bradbury Date of Birth: August 22, 1920 Place of Birth: Waukesha, Illinois, United States Brief Life Story: Arguably the most celebrated American author of science fiction and fantasy, Ray Bradbury grew up in Illinois, Arizona, and Los Angles. He graduated from high school, chose not to go to college, got a job selling swappers, and began seriously writing science fiction and fantasy stories.
His first book, Dark Carnival, was published in 1947. Over the course of a long and prolific career, he has produced over five hundred short stories, plays, novels, and poems, not to mention screenplays and teleplays. Many of Bursary’s tales have been reworked for film, television, and radio. In addition to Fahrenheit 451 , his best known works include The Martian Chronicles, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. In 2000 he received the National Book Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. Key Facts
Full Title: Fahrenheit 451 Genre: Dyspepsia novel Setting: An unnamed city in America in the future Climax: Montage’s escape from the Mechanical Hound; the bombing of the city Antagonist: Captain Beauty; the Mechanical Hound Point of View: Third person Historical and Literary Context When written: 1947-1953 Where Written: The United States When Published: 1953 iterate Period: Modern American Related Literary Works: Many authors have created states and societies in their works of fiction and philosophy. Some authors have created utopias, or ideal states, with the intention to show how civilization might be improved.
Plat’s Republic is one of the earliest and best-known utopias, while Sir Thomas Mere’s sixteenth century work Utopia gives the genre its name. Edward Bellary, writing at the end of the 1 9th century, imagined an ideal future society in Looking Backward: 2000-1887. In the 20th century, fictionally societies frequently took on a darker, oppressive aspect. Rather than create ideal societies meant to serve as models for improvement, authors instead created dyspepsia, or nightmare societies, designed to sound a warning about modern society problems. Heavenly Zamia ‘s We, George
Rowel’s 1984, Aloud Huxley Brave New World, Kurt Evensong’s “Harrison Burgeon,” and Any Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, are among the most-read dyspepsia novels and short stories of the past century. Fahrenheit 451 fits squarely into this dyspepsia literary tradition. Related Historical Events: Book burning and censorship feature prominently in Fahrenheit 451. Under the Nazi regime in Germany, book burnings of works by “degenerate” authors were held in public. The sass in the United States saw the blacklisting of certain filmmakers, actors, and screenwriters who the FBI considered
Communists, as well as faculty pursuing at universities for similar reasons. The sass also saw the rise of television ownership and the expansion of television broadcasts in the U. S. ?perhaps foreshadowing the full-room four- walled television that Bradbury imagines in Fahrenheit 451. Extra Credit Fahrenheit on film: Fahrenheit 451 was made into a movie by acclaimed French director François Truffle in 1966. A new filmed version has been in the works for over a decade.