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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Title: In the course of the novel, Montag undergoes some major changes in his understanding and in how he conducts his life. In an essay analyze and discuss the changes in Montag’s awareness about himself and about the world he lives in and the corresponding changes in his behaviors as a result of his increased awareness.


Ray Bradbury's book "451 degrees Fahrenheit" shows the full value of books. It is one of the best works of literature that I have ever read. People, read while there is an opportunity. It's worth reading it, take my word for it!


The main idea boils down to moral regress, I would even say, the degradation of society, condemnation of dissent, the lack of moral freedom, the right of one's opinion. The problems described in the work are actual nowadays. Yes, in our time we do not burn books. But people forget about them, people plunge down to another world, switching on music in headphones, driving a car and the worst thing is not thinking about that.

They live without thinking about spirituality, something innermost, the world around them, people have mediocre thoughts, they live one day. It's also scary that people don’t denounce others like everyone else. The law is allowed to have its own opinion, but the secret law of society condemns it.


The author shows a totalitarian system dominated by consumer thinking, and mass culture almost completely replaced books that make you think. Moreover, the government helps to destroy literary works. People in the novel have lost touch with each other, with nature, with the intellectual heritage of mankind. People rush out to work or back without ever talking about what they think or feel, talking only about the pointless and empty, admire only material values.

At home they surround themselves with interactive television, they squander their free time watching TV, endless and stupid TV shows. From this way of life people gradually become stale, secluded, stop to love each other, do not have children . At first glance, the «prosperous» state is on the point of collapse and a total destructive war, which is still destined to begin the curtain of the work.

But there are a handful of "other" (dissenters) who have not accepted the rules of the game and are hiding from the authorities, continuing to remain themselves. Ray Bradbury displays that any person can change, the most important is only a desire. Guy Montag, the protagonist of the book, is a living example of this: from an intact cog in the system, he turns into a full-fledged person, and an amazing combination of circumstances facilitates to it.


Guy Montag is a simple firefighter, living an ordinary life and not particularly thinking about her meaning. He burns books because it is his work. It is a special pleasure for him to see things eaten, to see things blackened, to see how venomous blaze devours books transforming them into ash. At that moment he feels that he can control fierce fire. But everything diverges when he met a peculiar girl C.....[read full text]

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The most shocking was the disappearance of Clarissa and then her death. At first Montag does not even understand how one day differs from the other. And before he realizes what he is missing, vague stirrings capture his heart. Something happened, some order was broken, to which he was accustomed.


It is impossible not to mention that many were muddled when Montag remembered the case of a madman whose books were burned and he was sent to the asylum. Montag tries to imagine what would have been if the firemen had begun to burn our homes and our books. His behavior arouses suspicion. Others assume that he keeps books. Although he denies everything. However, he does not hesitate to ask one of the most essential question: Did the firemen not extinguish the fires then, instead of kindling them?


But one of the most significant moments that affected his life is the case when during the fire an avalanche of books brings down on the Montag and accidentally a book falls into his hands. For a moment he holds his eyes, but the lines which he read are engraved in his brain: «Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine. » Montag's hand closes the book by itself thoughtlessly, recklessly, he even cuddles it.

At this moment he still does not understand whether it is curiosity or whether his hands are guilty. Also he is flabbergasted by a woman in whom there is no sense of cowardice. She does not want to leave her house. She is so devoted to her innermost books.


The next push to the changes in his mind is a conversation with his wife Mildred. He tells how he has burned a thousand books and a woman. Montag begins to doubt in the choice of his work. But it is not just the death of this woman, he is thinking about how much kerosene he used up in those ten years. And he is thinking about books. And for the first time he realizes that behind each of them there is a person.

A man thinks, he nurtures his thoughts in himself. He spends an abyss of time writing them down on paper. But his wife does not understand him at all, she condemns it saying that she hates th.....

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He also cites an example of Clarisse who, unlike many, is not interested in how something is being done, but why and for what.


In search of like-minded people, Montag finds Faber, a professor, whom firefighters have been watching for a long time. Faber tells Montag about significance of books: «It’s not books you need, it’s some of the things that once were in books. <…>Books were only one type of receptacle where we stored a lot of things we were afraid we might forget. There is nothing magical in them at all.

The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us. » But there is a question: Why people hate and fear books? He answered himself: «They show the pores in the face of life. » Faber explains Montag that everything in this world tries to subjugate a person, to manipulate by him, that TV shows tell people what a man should think.

The mind of people is shaped like wax.


Montag reads books, they open the world to him, he understands the words of Faber: «The books are to remind us what asses and fools we are. » «But the only way the average chap will ever see ninety-nine per cent of them is in a book. » The way of Guy is a way of overcoming the standard of thinking and turning into a soulless machine. He begins to understand that a real intellectual and spiritual catastrophe has taken place in society.

Montag is not afraid now neither of the Mechanical Hound, nor of Beatty, nor of all the techniques that haunt him around the city, because he has is the most valuable perpetual book - the Bible. Having destroyed his dead house, the hero heads for with fugitives who keep in their memory: poems, novels, novels. Montag and these people leave this city - .....

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