Ray Bradbury, one of the most prolific science-fiction authors of the 20th century, wrote of the complexities of the human condition in his novel Fahrenheit 451. Montag, the protagonist, is a dutiful servant of his society, and is perfectly content with his life. He lives with his wife, Mildred, and they are well off and their lives appear to be fulfilled and untroubled. After a chance encounter with a curious girl named Clarisse, Montag’s perception of aspects of his world, specifically his happiness and the happiness of the people around him, changes considerably, and his life is forever transformed. Through a journey of questioning, analysis of his society, and contemplation, Montag’s idea of happiness develops throughout the novel until he reaches a state of understanding.
Montag’s Internal and External Conflicts People sometimes have a great effect on other people, even if they do not realize it. That is what happens to Guy Montag, a main character in Ray Bradbury’s science fiction novel, Fahrenheit 451. In the novel he comes across many characters that change him. In the novel Ray Bradbury uses conflict to show the knowledge and ignorance in the characters. Ray Bradbury uses Montag’s internal and external conflict throughout the book to show how he is changed by these things.
(AGG) In the course of Fahrenheit 451, we can clearly see that the society Montag is living in very faulty. (BS-1) Montag believes that his own society is working fine. However this is because he is unaware of critical things in a human society.(BS-2)
Fahrenheit 451 - Character Development Ray Bradbury’s entire book, “Fahrenheit 451” is about a man whose only passion in life was to do his job, burn books. Then, by meeting a strange girl one day, Clarisse, his entire perspective was changed. He was a man who captured people that broke the law to later breaking the law himself. In the beginning of the story Bradbury uses a collection of words to show that Montag loved his job.
Is there a pleasure to burn? Guy Montag has lived a quiet life as a fireman, burning books alongside the rest of the fire squad, and has always found his work to be pleasurable (Bradbury 3). Montag takes pride in his work, and finds it empowering, saying, “his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning;” (Bradbury 3). A chance meeting a young girl named Clarisse, and the actions of a martyr willing to die for her books, light a spark in Montag that definitely wasn’t there before. Montag tells Clarisse that he has been a fireman for ten years, and never put much thought into his job.
While death is permanent, life continues to change. In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag demonstrates this idea as each time the motif of death appears, Montag’s perception of the world is distorted. The deaths of three very influential figures in Montag’s life allow Bradbury to push Montag to his limits. On each occasion where death is present, a change occurs in the way Montag processes the intricate workings of society’s influences on his life; and he begins to become more rebellious and self-aware.
Throughout history, people have been willing to die in protest against authorities for their ideas and their freedom of thought. The British tried to silence Gandhi when he fought to end imperialism in India and lead his homeland to independence. Some authoritative figures tried to silence Martian Luther King Jr when he fought against the accepted discrimination of the day and led the Civil Rights Movement. These two, and many more, believed that freedom of thought and their ability to express those thoughts despite was something worth dying for. The book Fahrenheit 451 emphasizes the importance of standing up for your ideas and freedom of thought.
The Introduction of Montag When we are introduced to the protagonist, Guy Montag, he is burning the remains of a house, describing how, “It was a pleasure to burn.” (1). In the beginning, we are shown just how much Guy Montag loves his job, his personality is also shown to us as readers as irresponsible. As we later find out from Captain Beatty, fire is, “...clean, quick, sure…” (109). Put into other words, Captain Beatty is saying fire is basically getting rid of responsibility, which is why it attracts Montag.
Books are a significant part of human culture, society and adored by almost everyone. In Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”, it imagines a future without them. As technology progresses, the government has eliminated most of the ways of the past(including books and all literature) by creating lies through propaganda. Firemen burn books, instead of stopping fires.
Montag, a character in the famous book Fahrenheit 451, is changed by various characters, such as Faber, The Book People, and Mildred. Montag lives in a cookie-cutter suburban neighborhood that lives under a government that doesn’t accept individuality with his brainwashed wife, Mildred. Montag though, realizes that something is missing in the society through a helpful and curious girl named Clarisse, who impacts him the most in the book by making him think of what the past used to be, what the society is missing, and making him question the world around him. Clarisse impacts Montag the most, as she is the first character that Montag meets at the beginning of the book before he even thought of Faber or noticed what was wrong with Mildred at the start of the book.
In certain society's, characteristics and ideas are needed to appear as one of it's citizens. Guy Montag was one of these people in his society, exactly like all of the others, but was later impacted by the words of others. Ray Bradbury, the author of "Fahrenheit 451" writes about a character named Guy Montag, and the changes he experiences throughout the book. Three characters highly impact Montag's life and cause the extreme changes he goes through. His perspective on society and ideas about life completely alter after meeting three people, who have the prior knowledge of how life used to be.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is about Guy Montag and how he realized that burning books may not be an honorable thing. Fahrenheit 451 is set in a futuristic American city where it is illegal to read or have books. On his way home, from work, he meets Clarisse McClellan, a 17 year old girl who opens his eyes to the emptiness of his life and his marriage. She asks him questions that make him think. When he is called to a house, where books are hidden, and the woman chooses to be burned than to live without her books.