“He got himself born all over again. And it looks like we’re doing the same thing, over and over, but we’ve got one damn thing the phoenix never had, we know the damn silly things we just did.” (Bradbury 165) “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, is unlike any other book. The story of this dystopian society can be good or bad in different point of views. A man named, Guy Montag, is a fireman, who is hired to burn books. Sounds outrageous in our world, but it is an ordinary job in Montag’s society.
In the beginning of the book, Montag is a normal citizen. He has a wife, a job, and a house. His neighbor, Clarisse McClellan and her family, is known to be weird and strange. Towards the end of the book, after Montag realizes that the society is not what he thinks it is like, and after he kills his Captain Beatty for making him burn his own house. “ ‘Something the matter, Montage?’ ‘Why,’ said Montage slowly, ‘we’ve stopped in front of my house.’ ” (113) Montag runs away with a few books. Along the way, he plants some books into some other fireman’s home to tell them that the society is not what they think it is like and to tell them to read the books to find out that what they are doing is wrong. After the society realizes that Montag has gotten away and has murdered Beatty, the society attempts to chase Montag and catch him, but with the help of Faber, Montag goes into the river where the Mechanical Hound can not track his scent. “ You’d better head for the river if you can, follow along it, and if you can hit the old railroad lines going out into the country, follow them.”(134) Montag listens to Faber’s instructions and follows the railroad track that leads him to Granger’s current camp site. When he arrives at the campsite, Granger introduces himself and everyone else in the camp. While they were talking, bombs from the sky started dropping at hitting their city. Granger explains to Montag about all the things they have been doing the past few years after they had escaped the city. Granger gave Montag a very important lesson about their society. “But every time he burnt himself up he sprang out of ashes, he got himself born all over again. And it looks like were doing the same thing, over and over, but we’ve got one damn thing the phoenix never had. We know the damn silly thing we just did.” (165) They learned that books are very important because, without it, we won’t know the past and the history. As the story ends, and the city is gone, Montag and Granger’s team go back to the city and a new society has begun.
The resolution of this story has not ended, enough though the author ended the story; the author ended it when they were going back to fix their society, to make it better. But that’s not the end of it. The end of the story should be after they create a new community and started a new society again. Ray Bradbury, ended the story with a “cliff-hanger”, it lets the reader imagine what happens next. So we can use our imagination and visualize what kind of society will they create. In my opinion, I’m not satisfied with the resolution of this book. I personally think that the book could have a better ending; by finishing it with how they rebuild their town after it was bombed and ruined. All in all, the book was a worth reading book and I learned more about Dystopian Futures.