If one were to rebel against Montag's society, what forms could this rebellion take?

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are several acts of rebellion illustrated in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 that a person could imitate if he/she were in Montag's society.

  • Reading books is the greatest act of rebellion because it is considered subversive to engage in thoughts that are not in line with the government.
  • Memorizing passages from books and even memorizing entire books would be rebellious as such thought could not be controlled.
  • Being a pedestrian like Clarisse McLellan, who walks around and converses with people would also be rebellious acivity as it involves individual thought.
  • Acting thoughtfully, not doing such things as driving at top speeds.
  • Wearing earplugs to keep from hearing the noisy advertisements on the trains and subway cars would be rebellious as doing so allows individuals to think.
  • Refusing to watch the inane programs on the wall screens would be an act of rebellion as not doing so would allow a person to hear her own thoughts.
  • Praying and invoking a spiritual world  is rebellious as it recognizes an authority higher than the state.