Changes In Fahrenheit 451

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What does it truly mean to be human? Being human means living a fulfilling life and understanding literature. Montag slowly starts to realize that he, himself is not human but he wants to change. Clarisse, Faber, and Granger affect Montag in many different ways. They allow him to see the good in literature and the bad in society. Fahrenheit 451 provides a brief explanation of what negative effects taking knowledge away from society does to the citizens. Montag with the help of these three characters is able to see the good in literature. By making Montag see that he is not happy, showing him that burning books is bad, and showing him that sacrifice for what he believes in is necessary, Clarisse, Faber, and Granger affect Montag's view …show more content…

Faber's sense of knowledge shows Montag just how important books are and that burning them is wrong. ""Number one: Do you know why books such as this are so important? Because they have quality. And what does the word quality mean? To me it means texture. This book has pores. It had features... The more pores, the more truthfully recorded details of life per square inch you can get on a sheet of paper, the more 'literary' you are".(83). Faber makes Montag more curious about books and what's inside of them but this brings him further and further away from everyone and everything in society. Although Faber allows Montag to see the importance of knowledge. He also brings Montag to the conclusion of why he is searching for it so much. ""You're a hopeless romantic,' said Faber. 'It would be funny if it were not serious. It's not books you need, it's some of the things that once were in books."(82). Montag does not need books as Faber put it, he needs the things that are in books. This allows Montag to realize that burning books causes many conflicts for society. Faber provides Montag with a clear understanding of why he needs knowledge he also provides Montag with a further understanding on why books are hated. ""So now do you see why books are hated and feared? They show the pores in the face of life."(83). Books show real …show more content…

Mistakes are ok, and this is what Granger tries to prove to Montag. He convinces Montag that mistakes were meant to happen for a reason. ""We're used to that. We all made the right kind of mistakes, or we wouldn't be here. When we were separate individuals, all we had was rage. I struck a fireman when he came to burn my library years ago. I've been running ever since. You want to join us, Montag?" (150). Granger assures Montag that all mistakes he made happened for a reason and that all the anger Montag felt will disappear when he lets go of the past and accepts the future. Granger is able to tell Montag that he made the "right mistakes" but this doesn't stop Montag from doubting himself and realizing that everything he ever had is now gone. Granger enlightens him by making him realize that he did what he had to do, and this will make him a better person. ""You did what you had to do. Carried out on a national scale... But our way is simpler and we think better. All we want to do is keep the knowledge we think we will need intact and safe... For if we are destroyed, the knowledge is dead."(152). Granger supports Montag's actions and makes him notice that what he did was the correct choice. He makes Montag see that their way of life is much simpler and a better way to live. Granger helps Montag get through hard times but he makes Montag aware

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