The Burning Phoenix

“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.

Would You Dare to Break the Law?

Have you ever wondered when is the right time to break the law?

In the book, “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury. The protagonist, Guy Montag, is a fireman. His job is to burn books, instead of putting out fires. “Fahrenheit 451” is in a dystopian setting in which the people living in this society are not happy. Some of the citizens of this society knew they had to make a change, but nobody did anything. Everything changes when Montag takes a chance.

“ ‘ You can’t ever have my books,’ she said. ‘You know the law,’ said Beatty.” (Bradbury 42) During the rising action, Montag’s view of this society changed. After seeing the woman burn with her books, he knew that they must be a reason why the woman would die with her books. “Let’s not quibble over individuals with memoriums. Forget them. Burn all, burn everything.” (63) Once he realized that Beatty was wrong about books and how books were important to our lives, he knew he need to make a change before it was too late. Another well-known novel called, “The Giver”, has a similar conflict with Montag. In “The Giver”, the main character, Jonas, lives in a dystopia society. The citizens see no color and feel no love for each other. Montag and Jonas both knew that the civilization they live in isn’t right and the only way to make a change was to break the law and risk their life.

In Jonas’s society, they believe that everyone should be equal, no color, no love, and no memories of the past. The only people who were allowed to know the memories were The Giver and Receiver-in-training. When Jonas was in training and received many joyful and frightening memories, he learned that the society they live in wasn’t fair. “He felt such love for Asher and for Fiona. But they could not feel it back, without the memories.” (Lowry 135) Jonas wanted everyone to feel love the same way he did for The Giver, his family, and friends. “I’m grateful to you, Jonas, because without you I would never have figured out a way to bring about the change. But your role now is to escape. And my role is to stay.” (162) However, He knew that the only way to make that change was to escape and make the change for the community. Jonas and Montag had the same conflict, trying to save their society, but they had to break the law. They had to make sure it was worth the risk or else they will be dead. Montag had Faber to guild him through his journey the same way The Giver did to Jonas. Faber gave Montag an earpiece so he would know what to say and what to do with Faber’s knowledge. Even though they were planning to break the law and Montag couldn’t tell his wife, Mildred, because it was too dangerous. Jonas had to lie to his family and friends to keep them safe. In the end, both Montag and Jonas decided to break the law and run away. A society that believes in burning books and a community that doesn’t have color or love, needs to be saved. Montag and Jonas live in two diverse stories but have identical conflict with their society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Survive for Your Family

**SPOILER ALERT**

    “ Wanted By The Republic File no. 462178-3233 ‘Day’ Wanted For Assault, Arson, Theft, Destruction Of Military Property, And Hindering The War Effort, 200,000 Republic Notes For Information Leading To Arrest” (Lu 1)

Wanted, Running, surviving, hiding, not being caught by the Republic, and taking care of my family without them knowing I’m alive. Day, the main character in the novel Legend by Marie Lu, is a 15-year-old teenager living in the lakes in Los Angles. Day doesn’t have a life like an average teenager, he lives in a dystopian republic and the most wanted person in the Republic. “ ‘Really, really try. I swear it, ’ ” I say. And I know, because of Prim, I’ll have to” (37) A well-known famous book, Hunger Games has the same connection with Legend in different ways. Although one is a boy and the other is a girl, a clear theme emerges. Day and Katniss Everdeen have to survive for their family.

After Day escaped the Labor Camps, he told his older brother, John, that he saw still alive. He didn’t tell his mother because she would worry about him and the Republic might integrate her about Day. “ ‘I won’t hurt you,’ I whisper in his ear. ‘Tell me where to get the plague cures.’ ” (29) When the plague started spreading and Eden got the plague, Day was determined to steal the cure from the hospital and save Eden. The whole family relied on Day to save Eden, even when his mother and Eden didn’t know he was alive. Day had to take care of his family by stealing notes and food. “ ‘ Then you must be responsible for stealing sixteen thousand five hundred notes from there as well.’ ” (167) He had to survive to keep his mother and brothers alive. When Day’s mother was killed and his two brothers and Day got caught by the Republic and was in a cell. He never thought about saving himself, he only thought about saving his brothers “If I can escape, I still have time to save them. I can still use my arms. And I have one good leg. I could still do it…if only I knew where they were.” (195) Day only had one good leg, he was locked up, and there was no possible way of escaping. Instead of telling himself to give up, he still continued to save his brothers, risking his life for theirs. He knew that Eden didn’t deserve being a lab rat, and John being locked him in a cell when he passes his trial. Day knew that he deserved being executed, but he couldn’t let John and Eden suffer for doing nothing wrong. “ ‘ Well, don’t kill them,’ he murmurs. ‘ They didn’t do anything… and Eden…he’s not a lab rat, you know’ He’s silent for a minute.” (199)

Katniss Everdeen in Hunger Games has the same goal as Day in the arena, win the games and go home to Prim and Mother. “And it’s not me. It’s Primrose Everdeen.” (Collins 21) When Prim’s name was pulled from the ball, Katniss volunteered as tribute to save her sister. Ever since she got on the train to the capital, her one and only goal was to win the games for her sister. “ ‘Don’t let them starve!’ I cry out, clinging to his hand.” (41) She knew that without her, no one was going to find food for dinner or take care of her sister. “I remember how I promised Prim that I really would try to win and I feel like a ton of coal has dropped on me.” (106) Katniss didn’t have any confidence of winning the games, she knew that she couldn’t make it, but she had to try her best to come home for Prim and her mother. The thought of Prim always came to her mind, “Will they take their few belongings, or send my mother to prison and Prim to the community home, or kill them?” (103,104) Everything she did would always make her think of Prim and her mother, and she would never stop, even when she’s in the arena surviving. “The thought of Prim having to watch that keeps me doggedly inching my way toward the hideout.”(220)

When you are in a situation knowing that you will die before the sun comes out, that is when you believe and think of the impossible. Day and Katniss knew that they couldn’t survive. He knew that he would have bullets in his chest after 4 days in his cell. She knew that she would never win the games and die in the arena. Day and Katniss made the impossible, possible. The thought of their family made them survive and strong. Saving Eden’s and John’s life and going home safe to Prim and her mother were all Day and Katniss thought about. Day after day, night after night, never stopped surviving for them. “ ‘Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything’s possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.’ ” (304)

 

Books:

Lu, Marie. Legend. Waterville, Me.: Thorndike, 2012. Print.

Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

Hyperlink:

“Daniel Wing.” Legend Marie Lu Wiki. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Oct. 2015.

Shmoop Editorial Team. “Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games.”Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 29 Oct. 2015.

Shmoop Editorial Team. “Primrose “Prim” Everdeen in The Hunger Games.” Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 29 Oct. 2015.

 

Love Before Blood

This is the third book of the Mortal Instruments series. If you don’t understand or you don’t want to know the ending, read the first two books.

*SPOILER ALERT*

“I fought so hard to bind Downworlders and Shadowhunters together, to protect the Accords. I thought I was chasing a sort of dream—something most Shadowhunters could hardly imagine. And now you’ve made it concrete and literal and real.” (484 Clare) Shadowhunters, demons, vampires, werewolves, faeries, and warlocks, all in one book. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare blends the themes of love and family in such a way that it leaves the reader hanging on because the book is unpredictable. A family doesn’t necessary mean you have to have the same blood. Your family members will always love you no matter what happens.

“‘I knew then that Jocelyn would never come back to me, because of you. You are the only thing in the world she ever loved more than she loved me. And because of you she hates me. And because of that, I hate the sight of you.’ ” (608) Valentine was Clary’s father but he never acted like a father to Clary. He hated Clary and never cared or loved her before.“ ‘I know that Lucian Graymark is like a father to you.’ ”(677) Luke is not her biological father. However, he was always there for Clary. When she was sad or alone he was always there. Most importantly, when she needed protection he was there to protect her, like a real father. Not only was Valentine the worst father anyone could have but Jonathan (also know as Sebastian) was the worst brother you could ever ask for.“ ‘ I’m telling you this so you won’t feel bad that you were taken in. Clary, you’ve met Jonathan. He just never told you his real name, because he was posing as someone else. Sebastian Verlac.’ ” (509) In the first two books, Clary and Jace feel in love, but they found out they were siblings. That information was false, however, they found out in the third book. Jonathan was her real brother, but nobody knew because he was posing as someone else, Sebastian Verlac. Jonathan is a despicable brother because he was on Valentine’s team of destroying all the Shadowhunters. Take Alec Lightwood for an example, Alec was a brave brother. He would risk his life to save his little sister and brother, “ It seemed strange that Alec, only a year or two older than Isabelle, was heading off to fight in a war, and the rest of them were going to stay behind. ” (539) Alec is nothing like Jonathan because he is a liar. He laid saying that he was Sebastian and helping Clary find Ragnor Fell. Valentine and Jonathan are both at the bottom of the list of being a true family member. Neither of them love or support their family. Valentine is a selfish father because Jocelyn left him to protect Clary, so he hates the sight of Clary. Jonathan does not have any affection for his mother or sister. All of the things they did was selfishness and no affection for Clary, Jocelyn, and all the other Shadowhunters around the world.

Whenever you wonder if your parents love you or not, ask this question to yourself: Do they care about you? Do they worry about you? Do they miss you when you are not at home? If you are not sure, predict what will happen if you hurt yourself. Will your parents run to you and ask if you are okay, or will they leave you on the ground and walk away. If you compare Valentine and Luke, Valentine would leave you on the ground but Luke will run to you and pick you up. You see the difference? A family will always be strong if you love, support and show affection to each other, and know that it is love before blood.