The song, “Radioactive”, and the book, Fahrenheit 451, both take place in dystopian worlds where the government is desperately taking over to try and banish the real world. They are both supposed to accept the “social norm” of their societies, but portray that the main characters challenge ideas rather than accepting them. In the song, “Radioactive”, the Imagine Dragons sing about the unnatural word this guy lives in and describes it in saying, “I’m breathing in the chemicals.” The chemicals symbolize the ideas and thoughts the government are putting in his head without him even knowing it, as if he’s just born breathing that air. He starts to realize his world he has always known is contaminated when he says, “I’m waking up. I feel it in my bones. Enough to make my systems blow.” He slowly starts to recognize and challenge the social norm just like how the character Montag does in Fahrenheit 451. Montag is a fireman. Not one who puts out fires, but rather starts them instead. Their government doesn’t allow them to have books to try and erase history. If the government finds out someone has books they have the “firemen” go burn them. Montag’s always been curious about the ways of the world he lives in and doesn’t fit in with the other firefighters because he doesn’t agree with having books being banished. His neighbor says, “You’re not like the other firemen. When I️ said look at the moon, you looked at the moon. The others would never do that. They would walk off and leave me talking”(25). Montag challenges the normal way of life by not doing what others do. Another time, when he was at the fire station, he abruptly blurts out to the head fireman, “Was it always like this? The firehouse, our work?”(31) His co-workers were shocked to hear something come out of Montag’s mouth that was supposed to be kept silent. Montag doesn’t care what society is supposed to be. Challenging the normal lifestyle isn’t easy but it’s what creates change.