Rebellion in Fahrenheit 451
In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, rebellion is necessary in order to gain a full comprehension of the truth of society. Education is extremely limited and minimal and therefore, if an individual feels motivated to discover new knowledge, they must defy the law and seek it independently. They must seek out books or old theorists that remember the days where books were legal and recommended. The obvious rebel in Fahrenheit 451 is Montag. Clarisse motivated him to seek the truth by asking him important questions that no citizen usually thinks to consider. The difference between Montag and Clarisse is that even though Clarisse questioned society, she did not go against the justice system to discover her answers. Montag did. He stole a book from a fire and when he was caught and his house burned, he resisted arrest, killed the fire chief, and fled the city. He later met with an entire group of rebels. They were a members of a community situated all over the world who individually had entire books or important transcripts memorized. Together, they were going to eventually rewrite books that marked times in history and evolution. They were going to retell the stories of historic heroes such as Shakespeare, Darwin, Einstein, and Jefferson. The hope and resolution that arises in Fahrenheit 451 revolves around the requisite rebellion. If no citizen of the dystopic society chose to rebel against the beliefs and rules, then the story would be completely hopeless and lost. The stereotypical rebel brings only chaos and trouble to a community. But in Fahrenheit 451 the rebels are the heroes and idols of the society.