Ray Bradbury's thought that fiction is "the reality, surrounding us which has been brought to the point of absurd”, perhaps is the main idea of the novel "451 ° Fahrenheit". If we will open our eyes and look around, we will notice the furious tempo of life and the people, programmed to work just like robots. Sleep-work-entertainments-sleep… Aren’t cars even today rushing at mad speeds, striving to bring down the pedestrian, going across the street? Aren’t numerous characters from TV series superseding the real people from the heads of their audiences? Aren’t modern parents settling down their children in front of the screens of TV, so kids will not disturb them? Isn’t it true, that nowadays every second person walks around with the music, rattling from the headphones? Isn’t chasing the person a reality-show, which is crumbed to us by the modern television? Aren’t these the attributes of our world? Well, if not, then at least they are the features of the reality, described in the book “Fahrenheit 451”. And in fact, the whole story is the story of the spiritual formation of the main character Guy Montag, who, from a heartless, apathetic man turned into a person, who in future will be able to change the world.
Guy Montag is a fireman, whose profession is to burn and withdraw books from others. He lives by the laws of his world, enjoying his job. Montag just likes to burn, to give vent to his anger, destroy and feel “the blood pounding in his head, and his hands are the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history”. Like most of his fellows, he divides the life between work and isolation at home, with indifferent to everything except the TV, wife. Waking up from the "dormancy" occurs on the day when Guy meets a young girl called Clarisse McClellan.
The meeting with Clarisse knocks Montag out of the track of habitual existence. The girl is a type of...