Contrasting Characters

In the Dystopic novel Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury there are two characters that are complete opposites, yet are very similar. These characters are Clarisse and Montag. Clarisse is a fun, loving and relaxed individual who does what she wants no matter what the law states, or what others believe to be normal. Montag on the other hand lives by the rules and does what he’s told when he is told. These characters appear to be complete opposites because of how Montag stands for everything that she hates in the world, and Clarisse does everything that Montag believes to be wrong. However, by befriending eachother they discover that they rather are very similar. In a way Clarisse opens Montags eyes and allows him to see the world in a new light without worrying about what other people think of him. A true example of this is after on of Montags conversations with Clarisse when the novel explains Montag trying what Clarisse suggested, which is something he has never thought about trying. “And then, very slowly, as he walked, he tilted his head back in the rain, for just a few moments, and opened his mouth…” (Bradbury 24). This shows how Montag decides to try something outside of the ‘norm’ because Clarisse had mentioned it to him. In a world where everything is controlled, a man who abides by the law and even enforces some of the laws can still befriend and learn from his complete opposite, someone who does what they want when they want. This friendship allows for both characters to develope into static characters that show us the deeper meaning of the novel, which is to never loose touch with humanity, and to always enjoy the little things. Consequently, without these two opposing characters who are so similar we would never be able to truly understand or appreciate the meaning behind Bradburys’ dystopic novel, Fahrenheit 451.

-Brad W

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~ by intothefire1414 on June 9, 2010.

2 Responses to “Contrasting Characters”

  1. When I went to school I had to walk uphill both ways 3 miles…oops, sorry! I meant to say when I was little my mother used to always turn off the tv and say,” Go outside and get some fresh air.”

    Is Bradbury’s 451(published in 1951) a paranoid overreaction to the advent of televisions in the 1950s impacting one’s intelligence and social interactions with others?
    (just as my mom did with tv & I do with my boys about their DSIs)

    • I would like to say yes but i also feel that it could very well be the truth not too soon from the future when you look at how the world operates today. Schools now teach mostly off smartboards, all information is recieved off the internet, and there are multiple online communities that have been created for communicating long distance rather then face to face. After examining all these facts and seeing how the world is progressing i honestly have to say that i believe that Bradbury was an idealistic person who saw where the world is heading and tried to write a novel that could possibly warn us about our future and where we should be going.

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