Can you imagine not being able to read your favorite book? Well, in a book named Fahrenheit 451 that’s how it is. This book was written by a man named Ray Bradbury with a theme that is developed through the story’s characters and their impact on the protagonist. The main character of this story is Montag, and the characters that influence Montag are his neighbor named Clarisse, his fire chief Captain Beatty, and a retired college professor named Faber. To begin, the character named Clarisse wasn’t like any sixteen year old girl, she actually thought about stuff and to wanted to know why certain things would happen.
Their names lept into the fire, burning down the years under the axe and hose which sprayed not water but kerosene” (Bradbury page 31) The statement made in the book explains, how Montag felt about burning books and how he felt he was ruining what was once a good world. Guy had found many flaws in the utopian system starting with the way people had used their time while those who did not spend it consumed with a fake world were often seen as strange and peculiar rather than just normal everyday people. Death was normal to the people living in this world which is rather alarming and shows the darkness that underlies in the depressed society, “Six of my friends have been shot in the last year alone. Ten of them died in car wrecks…” (Pg.27)
Fahrenheit 451 is a very interesting book for me to read. There are, sadly, many similarities from this book to our current society today. Montag's character changes a lot during the course of the book. In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 Guy Montag starts out as an unaware citizen and becomes a person who thinks more independently without conforming to the norm.
The city is afraid of ideas, therefore are rejected whole-heartedly by the government. Ideas spark discussions which become disagreements, leading to arguments and unhappiness. The solution, “burn everything, fire is bright ad fire is clean” (173). Within this socially deprived society people have lost the ability to just converse with one another, to the level where it was odd to merely talk with your family in your own home “her house lights were on…what’s going on. (He) had rarely seen that many house lights… just my mother and father and uncle
“There’s no reason to change.” In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Captain Beatty, the Captain fireman said this quote, but Montag was able to prove him wrong by changing. Prior to this quote, the main character, Guy Montag is a fireman, and his job is to burn books at people’s houses because they are illegal in the society that they live in. He realizes that he is not truly happy with his life and with this society, so he decides to steal books and then read the hidden ones in his house.
He learns the benefits of individualism in a minimal amount of time and also manages to inflict change upon his own beliefs. At the beginning of the novel Montag believed what society told him and he abided by society’s rules. He then interacts with new people who teach him how to individualize himself from societal expectations. Once he is taught how to veer away from these expectations, he decides to rebel against his former beliefs. Overall Montag has his own extraordinary adventure that changes his life for the greater
People are often perplexed; they do not know what they want to achieve in life. They do not learn to appreciate what they have at the moment. This theme of uncertainty is portrayed in the novel Fahrenheit, by Ray Bradbury. The protagonist, Guy Montag, a fireman, who burns books is not satisfied with the way he lives his life. He feels like there is something missing; he is skeptical about the missing fraction of him.
He is a character who people should feel sympathetic for, and even though the author first portrayed Paul as an unsympathetic character in the beginning, towards the end of the story she portrayed him as a sympathetic character through the use of narration, dialogue, and description. To start, the short story first took place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and then it took place in New York. There is a narrator that presents Paul to the readers, and Paul is the main character. The story first starts in a court room where it
Clarisse is the character that strikes the match in Montag’s soul. She brings a new perspective to the idea of being human and what it means to be part of a real family (7). After that Montag begins his journey to find himself, and to dig himself out the twisted world he lives in. At the end of the first part in the novel Montag reveals that he has been illegally storing books in his home over the past year (63). This is an important aspect of Montag’s character development because it exhibits his willingness to go against the law to find the truth.
Montag in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 Many minor characters influence the character Guy Montag. All these characters give Montag a new perspective on society and people. This is what helps shape Montag into who he wants to be. Montag’s eyes are opened throughout the book as he begins to see what people are actually like.
Imagine a world where firemen start fires instead of putting them out. Fahrenheit 451 is set in a utopian, or dystopian to us, society, where books are burned and people rarely have real social interaction. Although Fahrenheit 451 seems nowhere close to our society, we are both alike and different to their world. The freedom of information is both very different and somewhat alike.
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.
Richard Cory and Montag: Struggle of Happiness Although “Richard Cory,” by Edwin Robinson and “Fahrenheit 451,” by Ray Bradbury may seem to be conveying very different messages, a common theme can be sensed when looking closer into them. In “Richard Cory,” Robinson shows how everything is not what it seems with a tragic story of a man who appeared to be happy and have everything but eventually committed suicide. In Fahrenheit 451 the story goes on to show that at times being brought into reality can really change someone’s perspective on life and lead them into a deep depression. A common theme that Fahrenheit 451 and Richard Cory share is happiness and what it means to a person.
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.
One example on why Montag is an anti- hero is because he soon starts to realize that it’s time to change his society, but when his anger comes in play he realizes that he the best changes he made aren’t the best changes(page 71 ) “ They read the long afternoon through while the cold November rain fell from the sky upon the quiet house” The quote provides proof that Montag is starting to want to change his society because he is doing something that is illegal he is reading. In the beginning Montag was against reading books he was a member of the fire company that burned them. now he reading a book with millie and he is now starting to enjoy the books. Page 81) ‘Someone who may have been a friend was burned less than Twenty-four hours ago” This is making him change the society because he doesn’t think people should be burned for reading book.