Fahrenheit 451

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In Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, the protagonist Guy Montag undergoes a significant transformation throughout the course of the novel. At the beginning of the story, Montag is a loyal and content member of a society in which books are banned and critical thinking is discouraged. However, as the story progresses, Montag begins to question the society in which he lives and the role he plays in it, ultimately leading to his rejection of the status quo and embracing individuality. At the start of the novel, Montag is portrayed as a "mechanical Hound" (Bradbury, 17) who blindly follows the rules and regulations of his society. He is content with his job as a fireman, burning books and enforcing the government's censorship. However, as he begins to interact with Clarisse, a young girl who challenges his beliefs, Montag starts to become aware of the emptiness and superficial nature of his life. He states, "I don't know what I want" (Bradbury, 25). …show more content…

He starts to secretly read books and learn the truth about his society and his role in it. Montag's transformation is evident in his statement, "It's not books you need, it's some of the things that once were in books. The same things could be in the 'parlor families' today" (Bradbury, 72). He recognizes that the society is not providing the knowledge and wisdom that books contain, and that this knowledge is necessary for personal growth and

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