I understood that a socitey can become corupt and desensitized to the evils of the government. Yet, where is the redemption in the book?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The hope in Bradbury's work lies in those who escape the society to become the book people.  The redemption lies in Montag, who escapes at great risk to himself in order to be a part of this group of readers.  It is in this where there is good in the book.  Bradbury constructs a reality where despair is evident in the Status Quo and the normative behaviors that govern it.  Conformity is where despair and a lack of hope is evident. Therefore, redemption lies in those who speak out and represent a voice of dissent against this order.  Clarisse would be one such example, Professor Faber another.  These are examples of individuals who reject the Status Quo and in this rejection, there is some level of hope for Montag to do the same.  His escape and embrace of the book people, becoming a "book cover," all represent redemption and hope.  The fact that they all decide to return back because they are needed as the Status Quo becomes dismantled due to war also represents hope.  I think that it makes sense that Montag finally begins to recall the Book of Ecclesiastes on his way back, indicating another level of hope and redemption in existing outside of the Status Quo that is lacking it.

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