Characteristics Of Montag In Fahrenheit 451

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Fahrenheit 451 In Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag, the protagonist, goes through a profusion of modifications and changes in his character that transforms him, by the end of the novel, into an almost entirely different character with a completely contrasting set of values and beliefs from what his character holds in the beginning. “It was a pleasure to burn” (3). In the very beginning, it seems Montag expresses pleasure and pride in all aspects of his job, and that not only does he experience fulfillment from doing his job well, but he also enjoys the “elements” that take place as he burns the books such as: the smell of the kerosene, the wild shape and intensity of the fire, and the ability to feel so extremely powerful. However, Montag is different than what he appears to be. Even before he meets Clarisse, he is different from most. He goes on long walks, tries to make substantial and meaningful conversations with his vapid wife Mildred, and has books hidden inside his ventilator grille. Montag does not immerse himself into all of the amenities this world offers him and is one of few people who try to live a life of meaning. “ Don’t face a problem, burn it,” (121). Yet, as much as he tries, he is still quite the conformist and…show more content…
Montag attempts to get her out of the house and save her but she tells him to leave and lights the house on fire with a single match. He had taken a book from her house and brought it home. When he goes home that night, Mildred tells him that Clarisse McClellan is dead. The next morning he wakes up with “chills and fever” (48). Captain Beatty, head fireman, comes in when Guy and Mildred are discussing books. He basically tells Montag that he knows what he did and that’s why he’s so shaken up and that it happens sometimes, but there is an underlying threat in his
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