"Science Fiction and Fantasy allow us - or even force us - to become greater
than we are, greater than we could hope to be. It confronts us with the major
ambiguities and dualities of life; good and evil; light and dark; innocence and
guilt; reality and appearance; heroism and cowardice; order and anarchy. I
don't try to predict the future - I try to prevent it.
In the quote above by Ray Bradbury, his message is very strong. I
believe that he is trying to say that books and stories allow us to differentiate
between fact and fiction.
This quote greatly relates to the book Fahrenheit 451 because of the
many different conflicts between Montag and just about everyone else in his
life. Where Bradbury states in his quote "It confronts us with the major
ambiguities and dualitites of life" it is almost as if he were speaking directly
In Fahrenheit 451 Montag is faced with some problems that affect his
life deeply. For example, when Montag brings home the books his wife,
Mildred, immediately wants him to burn them. She also states that if he
doesn't burn them she will have to call his Captain, Beatty. At this point in
Montags life, where he has to decide wether to illegally keep the books and
risk his job and his wife or he can burn them along with everything he has
When Montag was conflicted with the decision between his job and
wife or his freedom from his insane society it was like in the quote where
Bradbury says "It confronts us with the major ambiguities and dualities of
life; good and evil; light and dark; innocence and guilt; reality and
appearance; heroism and cowardice; order and anarchy. "
I believe that Bradbury was a great writer and with his book Fahrenheit
451 he showed people what could happen if we let people take over our lives
and dictate all that we believe in.