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The Theme of Metamorphosis in the Novels of Ray Bradbury In Ray Bradburys Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles he uses the theme of metamorphosis to show how his characters survive reality Through the characters in these novels he is able to show their survival through personal metamorphosis Critic Willis E McNelly states The central tensions that permeate all of Bradburys works are those of stasis entropy and change Change will come he seems to say173 In the end these changes come at the expense of others but bring with them the survival of Many of Bradburys characters have sorrows they cannot put behind them scars that will not heal - all of which causes them to hurt othersBeachams Guide to Literature for Young Adults 1852 The characters are not able to adapt or change to suit their own needs Without doing this they not only hurting others and themselves For example in The Martian Chronicles the inability to adapt for some destroys them In Bradburys novels it is essential for the characters to change in order to go on with their life The society is in which the characters either live in or lived in are destroyed because of its inability to change while the character or some characters are able to survive Fahrenheit 451 allows a look at how a futuristic city with a totalitarian government might look and seem to be The core of the novel rests in the readers ability to share Montags slow struggle toward consciousness to move from official book burner to reader to rebel to book 2 memorizer and ultimately to a citizen of a loving caring feeling worldMcNelly 174 The harshness of this government provokes Montag to rebel against it The differences in the characters and the futuristic setting allow for a realistic yet fantasy world in Fahrenheit 451 Guy Montag never had a problem with his beliefs views
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