Sir Thomas Moore, Richard Iii, In Comparison To Guy Montag, "Farenhiet 451."

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Loyalty to one's own conscience and beliefs is key to maintain identity. Guy Montag the main character of "Fahrenheit 451", and Sir Thomas Moore the main character of the play "A Man for All Seasons" both play roles as the Hero's of their respective works of literary genius. Many hard decisions and challenges are put before them, but they both manage to succeed on their own terms, and by what they deem to be "the right thing to do."In the beginning of "Fahrenheit 451", Guy Montag's job, as a fireman, is to burn books. Montag lives in a world filled with censorship, where the society is desensitized and kept under control by the static of the TV set, and the bottles of pills on the bedside table. He slowly starts to rebel against his society by reading books and asking many questions. He befriends a retired English teacher in order help him break free from the oppressive ignorance of his society, and to help him understand the value of books. The Captain of the Fire Department, who is very educated, tries to break Montag and turn him back into a complying citizen. Beatty fails in his attempts: Montag cannot forget all that has been revealed to him. He torches Beatty with a flamethrower, and escapes, from the law, to the railroad tracks where he encounters others who share his views.Sir Thomas Moore is a scholar, a statesmen and a devout catholic. The play takes place in England during the reign of Henry VIII. When Henry VIII declares the Act of Succession, proclaiming his divorce from Queen Catherine, Moore keeps his opinions to himself, for his own safety, even though it is widely known that his own personal morals and faith...

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