Fahrenheit 451 – First Scene

After Montag reveals his hidden books to his wife and persuades her to read it along with him, it really impressed me about how much Montag has grown in his confidence in himself. His internal conflict is obvious and striking, a clash between everything he had known and the haunting shadows of books. Montag wants to find out more about the past, when books weren’t burnt, and he seeks the find out about what books trap between those dusty, yellow pages. Yet, he knew that if his supervisor found out, he would lose his job, and maybe his life. This conflict reaches its own climax as Montag witnesses an old woman who willingly embraced death with her books in flames when the firemen came. Montag is stunned and distressed, exclaiming to her wife: “There must be something in books, things we can’t imagine…  this fire will last me the rest of my life.” (54-55) Driven by that, Montag decides to leave his job and start reading, to find answers of his life and beyond. Montag’s change was almost predictable right from the start of the book, in that it follows the hero’s journey closely. He seemingly lack of thoughts and decisiveness could be due to the completely absence of education and philosophy. This is also a warning to our present society. Books are already starting to step down to TV, “Reader’s Digest” and magazines that eliminate the need to understand works of classic. Clarisse says that kids her age “all say the same things and nobody says anything different from anyone else.” (33) which sadly reminds me faintly of the present school system. TALONS is a different matter all together, but I have seem how countless would keep their silence and vote their support to the first voice that breaks the silence. In a fact-based education, in some countries more than others, kids learn that a question have only one answer, much like the straight-forward world that Montag lives in. Montag demonstrates a high level of inclusiveness and acceptance for new ideas among his fellow citizens. Clarisse shared with him that: “You’re not like the others. The others would walk off and leave me talking. Or threaten me. No one has time any more for anyone else.” (25) Perhaps that is what ultimately resulted in his turnaround.