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Farenheit 451 Hero's Journey

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Annika Fisher

on 7 December 2014

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Transcript of Farenheit 451 Hero's Journey

The Call

The call in a Hero's Journey invites the hero to his or her adventure.

The hero in Fahrenheit 451 is Guy Montag, and his call was when he met Clarisse, his quirky next-door neighbor who knew a lot about the past, and taught Montag that their society wasn't as flawless as is seemed. Also, another call was when he stole the books from a house that he was burning. These are important because this is when Montag starts to question the truth.
The Hero's Journey
The Hero's Journey is the path in which a character in a story travels that brings them through conflicts and resolutions until he or she reaches the goal they were trying to achieve. The 8 stages of the Hero's Journey include the Call, Threshold, Challenges, Abyss, Transformation, Revelation, and Atonement, and the Return with a Gift. In Fahrenheit 451, the story ends after the Atonement.
The Threshold
The threshold is when the Hero must enter the unknown world where the rest of the journey takes place, whether in a completely different place or in a different state of mind.
The threshold in Fahrenheit 451 is when Guy tells Faber he took the bible and they start talking about books. This is the threshold because Faber was the first person to know, besides Mildred, that he took a book. Also, this is important because acting against society wasn't just an idea anymore, Montag was getting more information and opinions on society, and more importantly, what he should do about it.
The Challenges
The challenges occur after the hero has crossed the threshold. The challenges are the temptations and struggles that the hero goes through in order to grow and develop. The character must do this in order to complete the rest of the journey and successfully reach their goal.
Faber acts as the Threshold Guardian, who verifies whether Montag should cross the threshold by holding him back until he was ready to take on the challenges.
Some challenges that Montag goes through include when he
-goes to the firehouse to talk to Beatty
-read poems to Mildred's friends
-burned his own house
-killed Beatty
The Abyss
The abyss is when the character faces the most difficult challenge in their journey. In some cases, the hero must give up a few times before they overcome the challenge.
The abyss in Fahrenheit 451 is when Montag had to run from the Mechanical Hound. This is because if he failed to defeat the challenge, his progress would get erased and he wouldn't be able to continue in his journey. This part is important to the story because it shows a vulnerability in Montag that has not yet been presented. He must use what he has learned to conquer the challenge.
The transformation is after the Hero defeats the abyss and becomes a new person because of it. The transformation is important because the character changed for the better during the challenges and the abyss.
The transformation in Fahrenheit 451 is when Montag finally meets the men at the train tracks that have been looking for him. This part is significant to Montag's journey because it is when he realizes that he needs to let go of everything in the past except for what he has learned. Also, he finds people that accept him and he once again finds peace.
Transformation of a character is also further explained with the reference to the phoenix. After a phoenix burns itself, it is reborn and rises from the ashes to make the same mistakes again (with the exception that people learn from their mistakes to make themselves better).
The challenges in this story are meaningful because they build Montag to the person he was supposed to be. He discovers his strengths and weaknesses throughout the challenges that lead him through the rest of the journey.
The Revelation

The revelation in the Hero's Journey is a dramatic event that changes the way the hero views life. The revelation is a part of the transformation, and it is the primary time for when the hero changes.
The revelation in Fahrenheit 451 is when the city is bombed. This is because it brought Montag to a state in which he thought about the war that had begun and the life that he had left behind. This part is significant because this is what Montag had started this journey for and it leads him to the next step as his journey comes to a close.
The Atonement
The atonement is when the hero becomes at peace with and accepts the new person he or she has become. At this point, the hero has fully developed into the person that the journey turned them into.
The atonement in Fahrenheit 451 is when Montag finally remembers his memories of Mildred. These memories bring him a sense of peace with what he has done with life and journey and everything that is to come. The atonement is the last stage of the Hero's Journey in Fahrenheit 451, so it brings closure and harmony to Montag.
Fahrenheit 451
Fahrenheit 451 is a novel by Ray Bradbury that follows the format of 'The Hero's Journey'. This novel is set in the future, where possessing books is illegal and punishable by death. If found with books in your house, so called 'firemen' would not only burn books, but everything else in your home as well. The main character in this novel is Guy Montag, who is a fireman.
Through the Hero's Journey and presented in many novels are universal questions that get answered throughout the text. Such questions may include the following:
What must I do about it?
What is worth sacrificing life for?
What is good and what is evil?
What must I do about it?
This question is investigated through Montag's first stages in his journey. His conversations with Faber and Clarisse cause him to ask this question furthur. He realizes through these interactions that something must be done, and because he helped identify this problem, that it is his responsibility to solve it. Even after he answers this question initially, it comes up again while he is going through other challenges, such as when he goes to Faber's house and leads the Mechanical Hound there, and when Beatty makes Montag burn his own house. This question is powerful because it is asked when heroes face challenges, not only in Fahrenheit 451, but in many American novels that surfaced in the middle of the twentieth century. The reasoning for this is that the heroes in most of these novels have a call to change the world around them for the better, therefore they must ask themselves the question, "
What must I do about it?"
What is life worth sacrificing for?
This question is asked from the call until the atonement. This question is similar to the statement To what extent? To what extent is the hero willing to risk his or her life? Most of the risks that Montag took would have cost him his life if he had gotten caught. A hero asking himself/herself this question is also an insight into the hero's bravery and commitment to solving the problem. In Montag's journey, there aren't many things that he wouldn't risk his life for, which shows how strongly he feels about books and their importance to society. Many other stories, especially in novels, have characters that are dedicated to solving their problem, which is why in many other stories the heroes ask themselves "
What is life worth sacrificing for?"
What is good and what is evil?
This question is important when looking at the fate of characters throughout his novel. *The fact that people who support Montag and his journeys are good, and everyone that try to stop him is evil is highlighted throughout the novel. Another way of looking at this question is What actions are considered good, and when can something be classified as evil? By talking to Clarisse and Faber, Montag learns that what their society limits them to is unfair, and he decides that he is going to be the good in his society, instead of playing along with what people tell him to do. Asking this question is important because it defines what side the hero is on. Most novels have an antagonist and a protagonist to counteract, which is why many heroes in novels (escpecially in the middle of the twentieth century) must ask themselves the question: "
What is good and what is evil?"
* The idea of someone being an antagonist because they do not support Montag throughout his journey can be contradicted because it is possible that some people did not feel that supporting Montag's cause was something they could risk their life for.
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