April 9, 2017
In Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury creates a world which no one could imagine at the time it was written. He describes new and out of the ordinary contraptions that people in the book use such as the ear piece that Faber gave Montag. Guy Montag is the protagonist of this story. He is a firefighter, which in the story are now burning things instead of putting the fire out. The world has changed, but Bradbury creates Montag as a character with different values than the rest. He creates two different worlds between Montag in the sense of his inner world and the world around him.
Bradbury uses a different language than any other author I have read before. He uses his words to describe what he is picturing. He uses them in the way so that the readers can portray that image in their minds. With doing this, he uses much of repetition, synecdoche, imagery, etc. We see these literary devices throughout the entire story, but they are centered in the idea of Montag's different worlds. The inner world and outer world.
Guy Montag is a firefighter who has been living his life like the rest of the people in his world. He doesn't really think for himself and believes he is happy. That is until he meets this seventeen years old girl, Clarisse, one night walking around, which was out of the ordinary. She changed his entire life from that night and on by making his realize what was truly important to him. The inner Montag liked books and fought for what he thought was important. He was fed up with the world that he lived in and took a stand. Although his actions weren't exactly the best ones. Bradbury takes us into Montag's thoughts and while in there he uses a lot of repetition. It sort of lets us see how Montag thinks and processes things.
After meeting Clarisse he finally saw the world clearly once he wasn't part of it anymore. What good did it do to burn books and innocent people for them? Why couldn't he remember how he met his own wife? How is it possible that everybody cares about a family on television instead of their own? Montag didn't care about what the rest of the world cared about because the rest of the world was selfish, ignorant, shallow, and unknowledgeable. He knew is wasn't right, so he decided to take a stand against his boss , Beatty, and the world. Bradbury uses synecdoche with books to represent Montag's feelings and fire that drive him to be who he is. Because of said books, he takes risks and I feel that at the end of the story he is truly happy in comparison to the beginning when Clarisse made him that life changing question. "Are you happy?".
In conclusion, Bradbury is a one of a kind author by the way he uses diction and the way he predicted how the future world would be and in my opinion I don't think that our world is that far from becoming like the world he describes in the book. It truly amazed me reading this story and thinking of how not many people think for themselves anymore. The new generations are taught, more like trained, since kindergarten to obey and people tell us what to believe in. The inner world and outer world of Montag, I believe that exists to this day. I believe that every person can relate to Montag in the sense that they will risk and fight everything for who or what they love and care about.