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School: Brigham Young University - Idaho
Department: OTHER
Course: World Foundations II
Professor: J. Terry Gorton
Term: Fall 2017
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Name: World Foundations 201
Description: Note on Fahrenheit 451
Uploaded: 10/10/2017
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background image World Foundations 201        Fahrenheit 451 introduces a new world in which control of the masses by the 
media and censorship has taken over the general population. Then books are 
considered evil because they make people question and think. The people live in a 
world with no reminders of history or appreciation of the past; the population 
receives the present from television. 
In the first part of Fahrenheit 451, the character Guy Montag, a thirty-year-old 
fireman in the twenty-fourth century. However, the firemen was given a new 
occupation; which was in charge of burning books. His action seems just as a 
result of the power given to him to legally do such in his society. He is a burners of 
books and the official censors of the state. Guy Montag as a fireman is 
responsible for destroying not only the books he finds, but also the homes in 
which he finds them. Books are not to be read; they are to be destroyed without 
question. This action is quite unfair to the masses of which the decree were 
enforced upon. However, for Montag he expressed that "It was a pleasure to 
burn." The state mandated that all books must burn. Therefore, Montag, along 
with the other firemen, burn the books to show conformity. Without ideas, 
everyone conforms, and as a result, everyone should be happy. When books and 
new ideas are available to people, conflict and unhappiness occur. 
The whole story had a step up or a change when Montag meets Clarisse 
McClellan, his new vivacious teenage neighbor, which gave the edge to emphasize 
on his marriage. Getting to acknowledge that he doesn’t know much about his 
wife Millie.
  All that he does know about his wife is that she is interested only in  her "family" the illusory images on her three-wall TV and the fact that she drives 
their car with high-speed abandon. He realizes that their life together is 
meaningless and purposeless of which he understood that they don’t love each 
other. 
Later, as Montag went to sleep, he realizes that his smile still grips his face 
muscles, even in the dark. And I quote "fiery smile still gripped by his face 
background image muscles" this suggests that his smile is faked and forced. At present, Montag 
seems to enjoy his job as a fireman. He is a "smiling fireman." However, this smile 
and the later realization of its artificiality foreshadow Montag's eventual 
dissatisfaction not only with his job but also with his life. Montag smiles, but he is 
not happy. Clarisse's is partly responsible for Montag's change in attitude. She 
makes Montag think of things that he has never thought of before, and she forces 
him to consider ideas that he has never contemplated for ones in his life. Due to 
the light that crossed Montag path
  entertains the idea of quitting his job for a  while because Millie offers him no sympathetic understanding, he feigns illness 
and goes to bed.  
Captain Beatty, has been suspicious of Montag's recent behavior, but he isn't 
aware of the intellectual and moral changes going on in Montag. He visits Montag 
and told him that books are figments of the imagination.
 “ Fire is good because it  eliminates the conflicts that books can bring.” Montag later concludes that Beatty 
is actually afraid of books and masks his fear with contempt. In effect, his visit is a 
warning to Montag not to allow the books to seduce him. 
Finally, this story reveal a blissful idea of transformation in oneself which is one of 
the most difficult thing to achieve in life. However, truth, love and light bliss the 
heart of one man which triggered a path to change and to emerge an inspiring 
revolution. Redemption, moral truth and a Just Society. 

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School: Brigham Young University - Idaho
Department: OTHER
Course: World Foundations II
Professor: J. Terry Gorton
Term: Fall 2017
Tags:
Name: World Foundations 201
Description: Note on Fahrenheit 451
Uploaded: 10/10/2017
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