Due to the fact that after Montag met Clarisse, he had realized what his whole life had been missing. As Montag tried to find the missing pieces of such a big puzzle, Montag’s life, he had gave up being a fireman, he started to break the rules so that he can protect what he thinks is meaningful and valuable toward the world. The only thing that can help Montag to find what is his missing puzzles’ pieces are, books. It contain lots of knowledge, or elements that the world would needed. Not only being able to see the problems, Montag also be able to solve the problems and look for an answer by himself. The actions of Motag standing up and fight back for what he thinks is missing and wrong in this “perfect” society had provided the reasons why Montag is truthly a protagonist who’s looking for the true feelings of
To begin, At first montag is the average civilian living a normal life. He does what he needs to do to survive, all the while he knows something is missing. Before he met the life changing character Clarisse, he was conformed to society just like everyone else. However, Clarisse was the spark that grew the fire of knowledge in his heart. Then when he seen a woman rather be burned alive then to live without books the spark only grew. The final stage of his nonconformist reality was the stealing and reading of books. This bgain the very strong theme of Man vs Society. No longer was his brain like everyone else's, so no longer would he fit in.
This “fire” in represents as books made illegal to stop the spread of knowledge due to the people of this future society becoming disinterested, and more interested in things such as speeding, talking to wall, that those people begin to believe in a false reality and show false emotions. There is also the totalitarian government of this future society that fears the sharing of knowledge because it would loosen the power that the government has created to overpower the people. Montag akin to the detainees of the cave begin to leave the cave to see the realities of their
In this part of the book, all of the firemen including Montag received a call to burn a house with the books in there. Here became the turning point for Montag as he saw the woman, who already had made her decision to die rather than live in a world of oppression and restricted freedom of thought which books symbolize in this part, burns with the illegal books in the burning house, refusing to go out without the assurance of the safety of the books. We can suppose that his perception is gradually changing through the phrase showing that Montag felt a huge guilt over this, unlike the other firemen or Beatty. Furthermore, during the conversation with his wife, Mildred, Montag says, “We burn a thousand books. We burnt a woman."(page. 50) and continue to talk to Mildred “There must be something in books, things we can't imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there.” (page. 51) without consciously noticing his different perspective towards fire from the first encounter with Faber before the novel. These quotes represent that he rejected the idea of being a fireman by questioning himself and the cause of the incidents occurred on that day. Clearly, the quote “he pressed at
Firstly, Montag stole a book to try and discover what he is missing not reading them. Clarisse at random asked Montag if he was happy, and it had never came across to Montag if he was happy. People in their society really didn't feel at all. The old woman that had rather die with her books than give them up, began to make Montag curious on why they were so special. He began to question every aspect in his life, when he does, Mildred tells Montag he should have thought before becoming a fireman. For instance, "Thought! " he said. "Was I given a choice? My grandfather and father were firemen. In my sleep, I ran after them." Captain Beatty visits Montag, Beatty realizes the signs of Montag stealing a book. Beatty gives Montag a lecture on why books are not good for society, but Montag doesn't listen to Beatty.
“you’re not like the others...when I talk, you look at me. When I said something about the moon, you looked at the moon, last night… the others would never do that… that’s why I think it’s so strange you’re a fireman, it just doesn’t seem right for you, somehow” (Pg 21) Clarisse, 17 years old and crazy really makes Montage question who he is as a person. If it weren’t for her, he might not ever have had the thought to go against the society to do what’s right. This relates to the theme because society is trying to change everyone to be the same but because of Clarisse, Montag realizes questions who he is as a person and learns right vs wrong which helps him to stand up against the bad things that society is doing and do the right thing. This is different than in the Veldt because, in the Veldt, nothing really makes the parents question if all the technology they have in their house is good or bad, but in the end, a psychologist tells them and by then it is too late to do the right
He read an actual book an epiphany. “Montag shook his head. He looked at a blank wall. The girl’s face was there, really quite beautiful in memory: astonishing, in fact.” (8) His short time with Clarisse transformed Montag. Her memory was always in his head, the aura she radiated forceful. With just one meeting, Montag already began to question his beliefs and actions. “And for the first time I realized that a man was behind each one of the books. A man had to think them up. A man had to take a long time to put them down on paper. And I’d never even thought of that before.” (49) Montag begins to realize how wrong what he is doing really was. Books were powerful, Clarisse was powerful. Montag’s world was widening, his vision was expanding. Montag was seeing the
Knowledge that could have been used to improve their society and to shape them as individuals, was instead burned so that people would remain ignorant. “He stood breathing, and the more he breathed the land in, the more he was filled up with all the details of the land. He was not empty. There was more than enough here to fill him. There would always be more than enough” (Bradbury 144). This quote demonstrates how powerful knowledge and comprehension truly is. When Montag had been on the train on his way to Faber’s house, he had been trying to memorize the Bible. However, he was unable to due to all the distractions that his mind was forced to block out. Afterwards, Montag realized (when he was away from all the diversions) that the more he focused on what was around him, the more he would be able to comprehend it. The features of his surroundings showed him that the knowledge he gained would be enough to complete him.
Initially, Montag’s phony propensities to burning books stimulated by society conceals his humanity from himself within this seemingly ideal civilization. Over the span of the book, Montag is considerably impersonal as he relishes his brutal and destructive work and diverts himself by watching the suffering he inflicts, displaying that he is satisfied with his illusional lifestyle and his occupation as a fireman. Amid his walk home Montag ponders, “ it was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed” (1). As appeared in the statement, Montag’s attachment to burning books hinders his internal clash in his mission for truth and a sense of identity through pursuing, creating two sides in him: one with a yearning for burning books and another for discovering truth and knowledge within them. However, his unquenchable craving for burning books enhances, as a result of being a mere pawn of his illogical, persuasional government, eliminating his inquisitiveness for a sense of identity through their brainwashing, creating a fraudulent state of happiness. The detached side of Montag imparts through the confabulation amongst him and a peculiar seventeen year old woman, Clarisse. As they confronted the
After the true face of the system is revealed, the dystopian protagonist begins his journey of self-discovery. Montag realizes that “a man was behind each one of the books. A man had to think them up… It took some man a lifetime maybe to put some of his thoughts down” (Bradbury 25), that by burning books, the government can change the history and alter the truth. Consequently, Montag cannot go on with his life after what he discovered. He goes to Faber, a retired English professor, who conspires with Montag to take down Beatty and the fire station with all its men. Moreover, he helps him escape the hound and guides him to a group of people who live down the river. Montag discovers that he is not alone; all these people know the importance of books and they memorize them. Henriette Wien explains, “Montag’s resistance, therefore, should be read as paths to the ultimate emotional and spiritual re-connection” (Wien 69). Eventually, after the city’s destruction by bombs, Montag and his intellectual friends decide to start a new life seeking the free future they desire.
In the beginning Montag was a fireman who burned books for a living. He was the kind of man that you probably didn 't really want to talk to. Montag hated books. He burned them for a living!! He also had never read a book. He did not care about anybody but himself.
Power. It is waved around carelessly because the people that have it want to use it. They believe they can control events or people just because they may be in a high position. Power can corrupt individuals and cause them to act differently. The novels Fahrenheit 451 and The Wave demonstrate how power can change people or communities.
He comes to the conclusion that nothing is constant except the forward motion of time, that changes or burns everything it touches. However, some parts of the past can be saved when someone does “the saving and keeping one way or another, in books in records, in people’s heads anyway at all so long as it was safe, free from … men with matches” (134). Montag decides that he will take on the role of the guardian of knowledge, shielding it from the threat the firemen pose to its preservation. Now Montag realizes he has the power to decide whether or not books are burned. Later Montag meets philosophers in the woods with a radical agenda to reshape the world into one that pays attention to the knowledge books provide. With their help he hopes to make “every future dawn glow with a purer light” (148). The bookkeepers want to use knowledge and books bring back the forward thinking of the past that came from builders who made brilliant skyscrapers and others. Instead of a society where people disregard knowledge and are mindlessly locked in their TV screens, the type of society Beatty tried to keep Montag trapped in. Had Montag’s perception of the power that
Montag’s thoughts turn from the beginning of the book to now. He changed from burning books for a living and it never bothered him. Now to watch his own books burn, Montag becomes furious towards fire, and he desires a change in society in general.
Montag has a different mindset in the beginning of the novel than he does towards the end of the novel. Before the pivotal moment occurs that alters his development, Montag believes highly in the idea of burning books. He is very similar to every other firefighter in the idea of eliminating all books in the country because they are of no importance and have no beneficial meaning. The meaning of the novel prior to his character development would have been supporting the elimination of literature do to their lack of benefits for society. After the burning of the woman and her books occurs, Montag experiences psychological development and begins to support the use of literature in society due to its positive affects on all people. He turns his power against the firefighters, proclaiming that they, “never burned right” (119). This statement expresses his change in maturity which has a major affect on the meaning of the novel by the end of the book. Montag is finally able to find his place on Earth. This quote shapes the work and expresses the new meaning found in the work: knowledge is more powerful than the ignorance gained by burning books. The pivotal moment in this bildungsroman completely alters the development of both the characters and the events, which leads to a different intention being expressed. Because of Montag’s development into maturity when recognizing his place in the world, the book is affected in terms of the meaning and