“In a dark time, the eye begins to see.”
As demonstrated in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, when all is going well in a society and everyone is content and satisfied, people tend to be in a state of ignorance and bliss. However, when problems arise and all the negative aspects come to the surface, that is when people begin to recognize that things are, indeed, going terribly wrong. In a world that is filled with darkness, it only takes one courageous individual, Montag, to see the light and realize that he must stand up and make a difference.
When everything seems great, no one thinks about what may actually be wrong. This is because people only focus on their short-term satisfaction. They pay very little attention to how things will work out for them in the long run and only care about their current state of happiness. However, in fact, there are still many major problems that exist. Only in a time where society is becoming evidently corrupted, does anyone even consider these problems.
This concept is shown in the novel, because the times of turmoil result in a serious change in Montag’s mind. He suddenly is awakened. He now he sees things: things that are wicked and evil. He starts to understand, little by little, how wrongly the world has been living.
Montag, therefore, decides to take a stand. He no longer wants to live in the dark of the futuristic technology that has taken over his society, and all those around him. He now has now wants to obtain knowledge of the world and what it was like in time periods previous to this one. In order to do this, he steals books. Although this is an illegal and rebellious task that requires much bravery, he completes it. Thus, his eyes are opened to a world of intellectuality.
He searches for the meaning of the words in some of these books and so he calls upon a friend of his who is an old professor, Faber. Faber also shares a love of knowledge and learning, and wants to help Montag with his revolt against the...