Fahrenheit 451: Journal # 3 Quote Analysis
!.?. !? Journal # 3 May 5, 2013 “So now do you see why books are hated and feared? They show the pores in the face of life … We are residing in a time when flowers are growing on flowers, instead of growing on excellent rain and black loam.” (Pg. 83, Fahrenheit 451) In the quote above, Faber explains books and their content to Montag, who as begun to rebel versus society through books. Faber was an extremely unique and memorable person Montag met in a park a couple of years back. They had a conversation in which Faber recited some poems to him and since of that, Montag knew he was a rebel; a reader.
He was the only person Montag might consider that would help him in his scenario. Faber is the one that said this quote and is, without a doubt, my preferred character in the book. The method he describes books is so unique. He utilizes numerous figures of speech to discuss books and even society. Since of this, what he states usually has indirect meanings. Take this quote for example. This quote contains metaphors and personifications that describe Montag’s society and why books are burned. “Pores in the face of life” is a personification that represents the “problems in life.” Pores on our faces are undesirable, awful, troublesome.
Exact same with the problems in our lives. It makes individuals dissatisfied, and brings torture in their lives. People are afraid of this; for that reason, they are eliminated, prevented. Books reveal these “pores in the face of life,” so they are gotten rid of also. That’s how Montag’s government controls Montag’s society. Through phony, hollow happiness. The government digs a hole and buries the locked treasure box filled with everybody’s emotions (excluding joy) and problems deep inside the hole. Heck, they even teach society to do that themselves! For the next sentence, “flowers” is a metaphor for ideas. Good rain” and “black loam” represents creativity and imagination. “Flowers” need Good rain” and “black loam” to blossom into something grand, special, unique. However, due to the fact that the “flowers” are growing on other “flowers,” they end up being identical to it. Each and every “flower” grows on each other up until the world is covered in similar flowers. A few are various, yes, however they gradually dwindle through the impact of the identical “flowers” and the disruption of nature those “flowers” developed. Those “unique flowers” may change into an “identical flower,” or, they pass away. Journal # 4 May 5, 2013 “… They were gone.
The Hound was gone. Now there was only the river and Montag floating in an abrupt peacefulness, far from the city and the lights and the chase, away from everything.” (Pg. 140, Fahrenheit 451) This quote occurs after Montag eliminates Beatty and 2 other firemen, in addition to burn the Salamander, after his house was burnt by them. Because of that, he is now being chased after by firefighters in helicopters and Salamanders, and a more effective and high tech Mechanical Hound. Montag sees Faber one last time, getting cash, brand-new clothing, and directions from him, and then faces the river, which brings him away to security.
The Hound and firemen then loses track of him. This quote is where, in my viewpoint, the climax ends and the resolution begins. It’s when Montag finishes his shift from “meaningless fan” to “independent thinker.” All with nature’s aid. Nature, at this minute, is revealed as something that overrules innovation. Even when it’s confronted with the greatest, most effective innovation that the human beings can develop, nature wins. Nature had the ability to bring Montag to safety from the Hound and the clutches of society and technology, to help him escape from whatever that was holding him back.
The peace and relaxation nature provides help Montag finish his thinking process, which was incomplete since he could not actually think when he was surrounded by the fast-moving, excessively colorful things, people that didn’t give a damn about anything other than for themselves and their joy, and a federal government that’s watching your every move. Not until he was totally separated from all that was he able to accept his new self and to move on; to make peace with his inner disputes. Even he wasn’t able to accept and make peace when he was with Faber, someone he relied on and looked after. He was injured by technology and healed by nature.