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Fahrenheit 451 Paper

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Questions. Questions come from confusion about a topic of interest, whether its confusion about people or about a person, sometimes it is just confusion. In Fahrenheit 451, Montag is confused about the culture he lives in and the people that surround him. Mildred avoids her confusion and her questions. Ray Bradbury uses Montag and Mildred by showing how they lose their freedom of thinking on their own and questioning anything on their own.
Ray Bradbury’s first use of his warning in F451 is Mildred. Ray Bradbury uses Mildred by her consumption in technology. The morning after her overdose, Mildred tells Montag about how much she enjoys the recently bought 3rd Parlor Wall. She explains how Montag and her should get a 4th one saying ,"It's really fun. It'll be even more fun when we can afford to have the fourth wall installed. How long you figure before we save up and get the fourth wall torn ...view middle of the document...

Mildred is so convinced that the only thing that matters is “fun” because that is what her society teaches her and most people that lives in this city. Mildred follows the trend of the people and she took it so far that she would call in her own husband and allow her own house to be burn (111). She lacks feeling in certain places where she should have some.
Ray Bradbury’s second use of his warning is Montag. The way Ray Bradbury uses Montag is by his search for himself. When Montag is asking Beatty about the history of Firemen, Beatty tries to distract Montag with questions that shouldn’t matter to him .Montag questions ,”Was-was it always like this? The firehouse, our work? I mean, he said, in the old days, before homes were completely fireproofed. Didn't firemen prevent fires rather than stoke them up and get them going?” (31). Another example is when Montag is trying to read the bible on the train to Faber’s house, but the Denham's Dentifrice jingle is raging him to the point where,” he [clenches] the book in his fists” and thinks “Shut up”, and the anger increases as he argues with the jingle. Montag begins to scream, “Shut up, Shut up” causing the people in the train car to stare. Bradbury writes, ” He tore the book open and flicked the pages and felt them as if he were blind”, and by that time Montag was on his feet in acrimony toward the jingle and not noticing the passengers of the train (74-75). Montag is past questioning himself, but he is now finding the answer that he has been searching for.
How Montag expresses his confusion is normal behavior by people. His anger and nearly insane actions happen in society . These actions are not from losing books, but are from losing people or feeling like losing something important. Ray Bradbury illustrates a future American dystopia that is gradually becoming reality.There are an infinite amount of possibilities where people can avoid this dystopia. The opportunities are there, but people aren’t taking them.

Works Cited
Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1967. Print.

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