451Fahrenheit 451 is one of Ray Bradbury’s most famous, wonderfully craftedaccomplishments. The book was first published in 1933, and its story entails afuturistic world in the middle of a nuclear war. The totalitarian government ofthis future forbids its people from reading or taking a part in other acts thatinvolve individual thinking. The law against reading is, presumably, fairly new,and the government is faced with the enormous task of destroying all of itscitizens’ books. This disposal of books is the profession of the main character,Guy Montag, who is officially, titled a fireman.” He and his crewraid libraries and homes, burning any books they find before dozens of overjoyedonlookers interested. Montag’s growing dissatisfaction with society comes fromhis meeting with Clarisse McClellan, meeting with Faber, and the destruction ofthe old lady on Elm Street. Guy Montag enjoyed his job. He had been a firemenfor ten years, and he had never questioned the pleasure of the midnight run northe joy of watching pages consumed by flames…never questioned anything untilhe met a seventeen-year-old girl who told him of a past when people were notafraid. This all changes though when, while walking home from work, heencounters a young girl named Clarisse, who, through her innocence and oblivionto the world around her, shows him that society is crumbling and that he can bea part of the solution as everyone else is the problem. Because of theconversation with Clarisse McClellan, the17-year-old next door neighbor, herealizes that his job he is doing is not right. This conversation makes himthink about what books really have to offer. For the first time in his life, hequestions what he sees around him: his wife overdosing on pills, Clarissegetting hit by a speeding car and killed, and even the book burning which hedoes every night for money. Now understanding that the reason of banning booksis outweighed by the need for individualism My uncle says it was oncedifferent”(31). He knows what the government is doing is wrong because heis burning the work of men that took a lifetime to be written. So Montag’smeeting with Clarisse McClellan makes him understand that he is not happy andnot truly in love with his wife. Montag interprets the world around as mindlesspawns that are controlled by the government. Montag attitude changes from beinga burner of books to be a saver of them as the novel progresses. Montag’ssecond dissatisfaction with society comes from his initial meeting with Faber.
He first meets Faber in the park on a bench reading a book hidden in Faber’scoat. Montag wonders what is it in books that someone would risk their life for.
It causes Montag to think about books and understanding the need for them. Withthis Montag is finding the importance in books, he realizes that he is unhappyand a puppet of the government. By adopting this attitude, Montag takes thebooks out of the air-conditioning grille to read with Mildred, and reads a poemto Mildred’s friends. Montag realizes society has forgotten positive humanvalues such as love, religion, ability to appreciate nature, and knowledge. Ashe looks at the woman who owns the virtual library which is about to be burnedand who would rather die with her books then live in a jail, he starts think howimportant something is that you would die for it. Obcourse, the other firemendismissed the old woman as mad. Montag starts to wonder if he will end up thesame. That is reason why Montag decides to slip a book into his pocket duringone of the arsons.