Ray Bradbury 's Fahrenheit 451 Essay

1537 Words Jul 20th, 2015 7 Pages
Hope is the only thing that keeps humanity striving forward through the inevitable twist and turns of life. The wish to be reborn and start a new life without sins or regrets, to be given a second chance at redeeming yourself, that is the hope that propels society. A phoenix is a bird known to cyclically regenerate or give rebirth to itself. Guy Montag, the protagonist of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, lives in a future paradoxical world that is being corrupted by its own societal endeavors. In order to understand the life of Guy Montag, one must understand the true meaning of the phoenix. This could be deciphered from Grangers reference to the phoenix, Clarisse’s close connection to it, and Captain Beatty’s actions towards Montag.

Granger’s brief explanation of the Phoenix, indicates that the symbol has a close resemblance to Montag’s personal life and experiences. In this dystopian world, the ones who can emerge from the ashes were not the brave and powerful that followed the societal values, but those who were able to think for themselves and question the norm. As stated by Granger “There was a silly damn bird called a phoenix back before Christ, every few hundred years he built a pyre and burnt himself up….But every time he burnt himself up he sprang out of the ashes, he got himself born all over again.” Montag is intrigued by his friend’s words because his subconscious mind is relating the description of the phoenix with his experience in his former job as a…

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