Against The System In Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451

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In the book, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Guy Montag struggles within himself over two compelling ambitions: whether to be in conformity like the rest of the society he lives in or rebel against the government.
Montag scuffles between whether to follow his society’s standards or revolt against the government. At first, the author expresses how Montag used to think that he was content by burning books as his job when Bradbury says, “Montag grinned the fierce grin of all men singed and driven back by flame. . . . It never went away, that smile, it never ever went away, as long as he remembered” (part 1, page 4). This shows how Montag carried his grin like a mask with sedulity. As a fireman, ...view middle of the document...

Montag is aware that his two halves are the opposite from each other, and that troubles him. The different sides of Montag “grind” against each other because he wants to follow the laws by destroying books but also wants to go against that by stealing books. This concerns Montag because he feels as if his new rebellious side is not him at all. After Montag experienced life under conformism and as renegade, he overcomes having himself pulled apart in conflicting directions by choosing to live as only one of his sides.
Instead of living in conformity, Montag decides to rebel against the dystopian laws he lives under. One of Montag’s acts of rebellion was to seek help from an English professor when the author says, “Montag went to his bedroom closet and flipped through his file-wallet to the heading: FUTURE INVESTIGATIONS (?). Faber's name was there. He hadn't turned it in and he hadn't erased it” (2, 75). Faber is a retired English professor that Montag met at a park. Montag searches his wallet for Faber’s number so that he could contact him. As part of Montag’s job as a fireman, Montag was supposed to immediately report Faber because of his understanding of literature, which is illegal. Instead of reporting him, Montag reached to Faber for guidance since Montag does not understand what he reads in books due to his lack of knowledge. Once Faber agrees to be Montag’s mentor, he gave Montag an earplug radio that worked like a walkie-talkie and tells Montag, "‘Go to the firehouse when it's time. I'll be with you. Let’s listen to this Captain Beatty together. He could be one of us. God knows. I'll give you things to say’” (2, 91). Faber wants Montag to wear the earplug so that when Montag speaks to Beatty, Faber could hear what they say without having to be there. This would help Faber analyze what Beatty says without much risk because it would be hard for Beatty to notice the...

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