Fahrenheit 451 - Duality Essay

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Fahrenheit 451 - Duality

Dualities are the most elementary of comparisons, and are the easiest for the mind to
comprehend in that total opposites are brought to attention. These opposites
subconsciously provide one with a deeper insight of the material and consciously
entertain. In Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, many dualisms are included both within Montag
and in the outside world that provide 180 degree flip-side views, giving the book further
depth and inner meaning.

Within the many layers of Montag lay several opposite sides. For example, Montag is a
fireman who burns books for a living but at home, spends time reading novels, poetry, and
other written material. Although Montag could be called a hypocrite, he does not enjoy
both the reading and the burning at the same time; he goes through a change that causes
him to love books. Humans have the power to change and grow from one extreme to another,
sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. In addition, when Mildred is with
Montag, Montag does not have feelings for her but thinks of her as she is killed by the
bombs. He possesses both the knowledge that Mildred does not love him and the heart that
truly cares, but he knows not how to deal with this. His feelings are oppressed; it takes
a major event (the bomb) to jolt them from hibernation.

There are many dualisms in the outside world of Fahrenheit 451. For example, Montag
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