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.

Meghan T


~ by meghan66 on June 15, 2010.

5 Responses to “Rebellion in Fahrenheit 451”

  1. Sounds like the author has hope for society which is a nice change from my book haha. Why do you think the author chose to have books banned from this society? Perhaps he was making a statement about the importance of literature and intelligence or how by keeping others in the dark, it is easier to remain in control?

    • The author certainly has hope in Fahrenheit 451. I agree when you suggest that Bradbury was attempting to make a statement by banning books in the society. It was an attempt to equalize education and intelligence. It was believed that no one person would be smarter than another.

  2. I agree, Jenny, your book’s ending is desolate.

    Should Anderson have given us more hope?

    And Meghan, is Bradbury being realistic?

    • I believe that Bradbury is not being realistic in the aspect that, one day, books may be banned. But I believe he illustrated accurate consequences if this were to be the case. A state of chaos would be introduced and society would become greatly dependent on technology.

  3. It would have been nice if Anderson had given us a more hopeful outlook on society but I guess that’s not his opinion. It seems like Anderson feels that we’re engulfed by technology and that our reliance on it will lead to our downfall. Perhaps his book is meant as a warning for society to wake up and cut back before it’s too late.

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