F451 Dystopian Storyboard
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This scene shows that in Fahrenheit 451's society, human life is not valued. The teenagers try to hit Montag for fun, and only stopped because he might have caused them to lose their lives.
"The thing that had saved him was falling flat. The driver of the car, seeing Montag down, instinctively considered the probability that running over a body at such a high speed might turn the car upside down and spill them out. If Montag had remained an upright target?... " (Bradbury 129)
Montag wonders what he should do, now that he has started questioning the goodness and happiness of the society. He needs to continue to do his job, but he can’t bring himself to burn anything else.
“I can’t do it, he thought. How can I go at this new assignment, how can I go on burning things? I can’t go in this place.” (page 110)
“It was a pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed.” (page 1) Montag believes that the government is right, that knowledge should be limited. Later in the story, he thinks the opposite and that his old self was wrong. Therefore in the beginning, he ignores the wrongs and going along with what is used as right.
After that spark has ignited, Montag begins to question the ways of his old life. How did this all start? Why are we burning books? Benjamin Franklin never burnt books, at least to Fahrenheit 451’s extent, but the government has twisted history to convince any wandering minds that this is how it is and always was supposed to be.
“(Montag) ’Didn’t firemen prevent fires rather than stoke them up and get them going?’ ‘That’s rich!’ Stoneman and Black drew forth their rule books… Established, 1790, to burn English-influenced books in the Colonies. First Fireman: Benjamin Franklin.” (34)
In Fahrenheit 451, the government bans books and the reading of them, limiting the amount of resources and information available to its people. This is like most dystopian stories, the government restricting like shown, and it truly shows the reader how twisted this government and society is.
“(Clarisse) Have you ever read any of the books you burn?’ He laughed. ‘That’s against the law!’ ‘Oh, of course.’” (page 8)
Montag thought he was happy, but as soon as he met Clarisse he realized that he wasn’t truly happy. He was just moving along, day by day and not thinking too much past it. This sparks Montag to rebel against everything he has known, and carve and move to a different path for himself.
“Darkness. He was not happy. He was not happy. He said the words to himself... He wore his happiness like a mask and the girl had run off across the lawn with the mask and there was no way of going to knock on her door and ask for it back.” (12)
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