Fahrenhiet 451

Fahrenhiet 451 - Montag as Pilgrim: Man in Search for...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Montag as Pilgrim : Man in Search for Meaning in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 The search for truth is more precious than its possession . --Albert Einstein The question is not what you look at , but what you see. --Henry David Thoreau In Fahrenheit 451 , originally published in 1950, Ray Bradbury depicts a future filled with fantastic pleasures and enjoyments for the body , but void of meaning and substance for the soul . This high speed emotionless world is due to the fact that people just “want to be happy” and books are the price that must be paid. Books are viewed as dangerous tools that are only meant to --bewilder men until they question everything and know nothing . This topsy turvy world that we see in Bradbury’s vision was in direct response to the fear that he held of the general yearn and optimism for progress after the devastating effects of World War II .
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Guy Montag , the protagonist of Fahrenheit 451 , is a fireman whose job, is ironically to start fires . Since man has rapidly progressed , fireman (unbeknownst to the common man) switched their prerogative to destroying instead of saving . Books that are highly coveted by some and feared by many are the -- scapegoats of this society’s woes . It all started with a question . “Are you happy?” Clarisse McClellan , a young girl filled with question , inquired such from Montag. This seemingly simple question opened Montag’s eyes to the world around him . Montag (like many people) never truly questioned his existence . He was a fireman and that was that . The world was as it was and no one cared to know why . Only this young girl had the power to
Background image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course GEOS 1024 taught by Professor Meschreiber during the Spring '08 term at Virginia Tech.

Page1 / 6

Fahrenhiet 451 - Montag as Pilgrim: Man in Search for...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online