novel Fahrenheit 451 written by the famous fiction writer Ray
Bradbury depicts the story of a 30-year-old fireman, Guy Montag. “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good
Night,” written by Dylan Thomas, emphasizes rage against death towards his
dying father as he repeats this urge in the last line of every stanza. In both
texts the main characters face difficulties with the task at hand. In both Fahrenheit 451 and “Do not go gentle
into that good night” the character of Faber and the speaker in the poem encourages
others to act against adversity.
451 Faber addresses conflict by encouraging Montag to become a dissident. The rules do not even have to be enforced on the citizens in
this novel they are self-imposed. No one in the society dares to take a risk.
Faber does otherwise, he tells Montag about books and has a discussion in the
park concerning poetry and even recites poetry. In the park they had one of the
most meaningful conversations Montag has ever had, “Faber held his hand over his left
coat-pocket and spoke these words gently, and Montag knew if he reached out, he
might pull a book of poetry from the man’s coat. But he did not reach out.
Hands stayed on his knees, numbed and useless. “I don’t talk things, sir,”
“I talk the meaning of things. I sit here and know I’m alive.” Faber
believes in the value of thought, thinks about life and the meaning of it, and does
not accept thoughts without a process. This is the part towards Montags
individualism and he learns that a person like Faber is useful in society. Faber
tells Montag that it is not the books themselves that Montag is looking for,
but the meaning they contain. Montag was going through a period where he
was lost. He did not have a happy life, he went through a phase where he
questioned all his thoughts and felt empty. He went to Faber for advice, “Nobody listens any more. I can’t
talk to the walls because they’re yelling at me. I can’t talk to my wife; she
listens to the walls. I just want someone to hear what I have to say. And maybe
if I talk long enough, it’ll make sense. And I want you to teach me to
understand what I read.” Montag needs Faber as a mentor and as a mentor
Faber teaches Montag how to understand the book. He promises Montag that he
will read the bible to him, starting with the book of Job. He teaches him the
content of the book and as a result makes Montag become a dissident.
In “Do not go gentle into that good night”
the speaker deals with his struggles by encouraging his father to stay
passionate about life. The speaker emphasizes rage using imagery and a sharp tone.
The speaker tries to convey resistance towards death, but specifically his
fathers’ death. The speaker is trying to convince his father to do it the
unorthodox way, “Rage, rage against the dying light.” He thinks one should die peacefully or
just slip easily away from this life. Instead, they should “burn and
rave,” struggling with intensity. He implores his dying father to fight
back and stay alive.