Bradbury gives the reader a brief description of how society slowly lost interest in books, first condensing them, then relying simply on titles, and finally forgetting about them all together.Bradbury also alludes to the idea that different "minority" groups were offended by certain types of literature.Finally, in the Afterword to Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury clearly expresses his own sensitivity to attempts to restrict his writing.
In his discussion with Montag, Beatty mentions dog lovers offended by books about cats, and cat lovers offended by books about dogs.
The reader can only assume which minority groups Bradbury was truly referring to.
When Millie attempts suicide, Montag compares the tool used to save her to a snake.
The Mechanical Hound is a dominant presence throughout the novel.
Through these actions, the firemen promote ignorance to maintain the sameness of society.
After befriending Clarisse, Montag finds himself unable to accept the status quo, believing life is more complete, true and satisfying when knowledge is welcomed into it.Montag's interest in knowledge and dedication to a new and better society saved him.Thus, Bradbury seems to suggest that life is dependent on knowledge and awareness.Among all this destruction, Montag survives and is given new life, reborn after his trip down the river and after meeting Granger and taking the concoction to change his chemical balance.While Montag survives, the city and everyone he knew there are destroyed.If we become idle and complacent, we might as well be dead.In the opening paragraph, the burning book pages are compared to birds trying to fly away.If books are found, they are burned and their owner is arrested.If the owner refuses to abandon the books, as is the case with the Old Woman, he or she often dies, burning along with them.Throughout the novel, Bradbury presents paradoxes between life and death.For example, Montag's wife Millie attempts suicide by swallowing sleeping pills.