Guy Montag As A Hero In Fahrenheit 451

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Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451, illustrates a society taking place in the twenty fourth century that has been drawn away from their lives by the advanced technology that they have discovered and the many “advantages” it has given them. Guy Montag, the antagonist, is portrayed as a firefighter who burns books. Although he starts these fires, he is still referred to as a “firefighter.” The reason that these firemen burn books is because the society has labeled them illegal and their strong beliefs in technology plays a big role with this. As punishment for committing this pride, these firemen must do the cruelest of duties, burning someone’s house down because they hid books on the inside of them. Each and every dad Guy Montag lives with this, doing the same thing every day, living an uneventful life. Waking up every day just to do the same thing he did the day before. Every day when Montag comes home,…show more content…
A small bump that will affect Montag for the rest of the story. Clarisse was possibly hit by a car that may have been street racing. Montag is given this information by his wife, Mildred. Although Clarisse may be gone, Montag still thinks about her. About how she would feel about things that he’s done to escape the society that he lives in. "It 's not just the woman that died," said Montag. "Last night I thought about all the kerosene I 've used in the past ten years. And I thought about books. And for the first time I realized that a man was behind each one of the books." (Page 40, Fahrenheit 451) Clarisse’s possible death has made Montag think differently, feel differently, and act differently. Without her presence he is changed. Clarisse McClellan helped Montag the person he was and without her to walk with him, he feels that the streets are empty. Ray Bradbury illustrates Montag’s life without Clarisse using diction, illustrative imagery, and strong
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