26 Aug 2009

Sample Essay: Farenheit 451

“Fahrenheit 451” is a fiction written by Ray Bradbury in 1953. The novel is set in a futuristic American city of the 24th century where all the houses are fireproof and firemen are expected to create fires rather than to extinguish. In that specific futuristic society, there is a ban on reading and any reading material if found is to be burnt as per law.  The people lives in isolation and do not socialize or have any other natural feelings such as enjoying nature. They are fond of over speeding and spend most of their time in watching TV and listening to radio.

The main thesis in the novel is the indifferent human behavior towards the pleasures of reading, which prevails in that futuristic society ultimately leading to internal frustration amongst the people. However, bound by the norms, no one intends to accept the reality.

Guy Montag, a firefighter, is the main character from “Fahrenheit 451”. During his life as described in the novel, he passes through certain emotional stages and experiences major transformations throughout the years.

The very first phase in his life is shown in the beginning of the novel, where he is depicted as cold-blooded firefighter who does not have any regards for the sentiments of people whose books are burnt by him. He gets comfort, pleasure and satisfaction while burning books to ashes as the book describes, “It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed” (3)

His mind and body enters another phase of his journey after meeting a seventeen years old girl Clarisse McClellan. This rendezvous brings a stir in Montag’s life. Being a highly sensitive lady, Clarisse is a great admirer of nature and possess great love for all the living creatures, man or animals. She draws his attention to his empty and stagnant life by continuously drawing his thoughts to feel and recognize the natural beauty around him. Gradually Montag experiences an emotional change that intensifies with certain consecutive events in the coming days. In the first place he witnesses the scene of an elderly woman who burns herself while the firefighters attempt to ablaze the collection of books she possesses and is stunned by her last words, “Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God’s grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out!” (Bradbury 40). Soon after that he is shocked by Clarisse death who is hit by an over speeding car. This is the turning point in Montag’s life that makes him to seek a refuge in reading.

He starts reading the books he had managed to steal from the collection he had burnt so far and dumped in a secret place inside his house. His reading in poetry helps change his attitude towards life and is compelled to initiate a movement of revival of publishing book. With the aid of a professor named Faber, he aims to bring down the status quo. As soon as his intentions exposed, his firefighting team reaches to burn his house. He succeeds to escape after injuring his fellows and seek refuge with Faber. Ultimately Montag leaves the city and meets a team of book lovers who hope to revive the tradition of writing and reading. By the time the war starts and the futuristic city is bombed to ashes. Montag and fellows moves forward to find out the survivors and to recreate a new culture.

Conclusions

Montag’s mental journey leads him to arrive at a final conclusion where he realizes the importance of reading and writing. He ultimately explores the truth and a path towards internal satisfaction that is regarded as a sole objective for all the thinking people.

Works Cited

Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. Harper Voyager; 50Anniversary Ed edition. (August 2, 2004)

12 Jan 2009

Essays on Fahrenheit 451

In colleges and universities around the world, students are often asked to read and evaluate dystopian novels.  One of these, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is, ironically, about a society where books have become unlawful to even own.  Bradbury, like most dystopian writers, was concerned about trends he saw happening in the society around him.  As the social and even legalistic expectations of political correctness have increased over the past few decades, the censorship of books has reared its ugly head, causing many writers to second guess their work and water it down to limit the number of people who might be offended by their work.

 

The main character of the story is a “fireman.”  Not the kind we might think of today, but one who is responsible for burning books, along with any structure in which they are found.  Guy Montag lives in a world gone mad with consumerism, censorship, and the thirst for faster cars.  As with most dystopian novels, a series of events causes Guy to begin questioning the world in which he lives, realizing there is something more, something beyond the law, something beyond his own assumptions, and he begins a fast paced quest to find the answer.

 

  • In the novel “Fahrenheit 451,” three fundamental forms of censorship are revealed:  social censorship in which special interest groups pressure for the censorship, self-censorship in which individual authors begin censoring themselves to avoid social censorship, and institutional censorship where censorship becomes a matter of law.  Identify examples of each within the novel and within our own society and discuss why Bradbury was so concerned about the subject.
  • Proponents of censorship claim that the public and nation must be protected from certain “dangerous” ideologies, ranging from political malcontents to concepts which religious groups claim are sacrilegious.   Opponents decry the silencing of opposition voices and new ideas are counter to what the United States represents.  In light of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment, does censorship truly have a place in a free society?  Why or why not?

In an age where political correctness is not only permiating our society, but even intruding into the halls of science, philosophy, and law, can original thought or opinions which stand against conventional wisdom have a chance?  Or, as Bradbury predicted, are we doomed by our own personal agendas to be safe from anything controversial, but void of any innovative impulses?  Only time, and our decisions, will tell.

 

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