Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a book set in a semi-futuristic time
frame where society has rejected books and knowledge, where, instead,
firemen are called on duty to burn households where that contain books and
have been reported. The calls are either made by other people, sort of like
calling real fire fighters or police, or the books are tracked by
mechanical "Hounds," that are like beagles. They seek out the books and
alert the fire station to go burn down the house and all the books. Guy
Montag is a fireman who has been burning for ten years, when he comes
across the idea of why? He becomes curious to know what is so bad about the
books and why they have to burn them. Leading him to commit a serious, of
"good mistakes," that causes him to have to run from the law. Eventually
ending up with outcast, "Book People," that have memorized famous literary
works. He joins them as the city is completely leveled by the government.
They then plan to someday bring the books back by rebuilding society from
the wreckage caused by the bombings. Many conflicts are present in
Fahrenheit 451 including man vs. society, man vs. himself, and man vs. man.

One conflict present in the story is man vs. man. " \'Here,\' Montag pulled
at the woman. The woman replied quietly, \' I want to stay here,\'"(p. 39).
The firemen\'s job in Fahrenheit 451 is to find homes with books and
incinerate them. The first household in the book explaining the process has
a woman who loves her books and chooses to burn with them, forever changing
Montag. "She ran past with her body stiff, her face flowered with powder,
her mouth gone, without lipstick,"(p. 114). Montag has an illegal
collection of twenty or so books that he has gathered from various fires.
His wife calls the firemen on him after he has been gone for a while trying
to gather his thoughts on his society\'s ideal. "And then there was a
shrieking blaze, a jumping, sprawling gibbering manikin, no longer human or
known, all writhing flame on the lawn as Montag shot one continuous pulse
of liquid fire on him,"(p. 119). After the fire chief, Captain Beatty,
receives the call from Montag\'s wife about the books, he takes Montag to
his house to make him destroy his own house with a flamethrower. After
doing so, Montag gets angry and turns the flamethrower on Captain Beatty,
killing him, then proceeds to knock out his two co-firemen, and destroy the
mechanical Hound.
Another important conflict held in Fahrenheit 451 is man vs. himself, as
Montag suffers great ordeals against his actions throughout the story. "His
hands had been infected, and soon it would be his arms. He could feel the
poison working up his wrists and into his elbows and his shoulders, and
then the jump over from the shoulder blade to shoulder blade like a spark
leaping a gap," (p. 41). After he stole a book from the woman\'s house that
he burned, he regretted it and felt there was something behind it all. He
wants to know why the books are contraband and feels like his hands did
some kind of involuntary gesture by taking the book. "His fingers were like
ferrets that had done some evil and now never rested, always stirred and
picked and hid in pockets moving from under Beatty\'s alcohol-flame stare,"
(p. 105). Montag is nervous during their poker game at the station after
coming back by giving Captain Beatty one of his stolen books. Beatty knows
about it all, and will eventually arrest him. "What did you give to the
city, Montag? Ashes," (p. 157). When Montag joins the, "Book People," one
of them asks him what he has done or given to the city. Montag cannot reply
with a worthy answer because he has given the city nothing but ashes.
The final and probably most significant conflict present in this book is,
man vs. society, as this is pretty much what Montag\'s struggle is against.
"The heat of the racing headlights burnt his cheeks, it seemed, and
jittered his eyelids and flushed the sour sweat out all over his body," (p.
127). Once Montag had killed Captain Beatty, he had to run. When he was
trying to escape he was almost killed by a speeding car, which he later
wonders if those same people had killed Clarisse McClellan, a young girl he
befriended earlier. "But Montag was gone, hidden in the safety of the dark
alley for which he had set