Guy Montag Exposed In Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

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In the novel, Fahrenheit 451, written by Ray Bradbury, a story is told about a man named Guy Montag, a fireman who burns books in a society where books are illegal and everyone is trying to be happy in the wrong ways. Montag ends up questioning the ordinary and discovers that books are the answer, not the curse, so he escapes society to start all over. Through Montag’s experiences and influences, he learns that there is more to the strange life he is living, which changes his character. “It was a pleasure to burn” (Bradbury 1); says Guy Montag. Montag is content with his way of living. However, there has always been something missing, even if he never really knew it consciously. In the book, it says, “He knew when he returned to the firehouse,…show more content…
The book says, “...the river was mild and leisurely, going away from the people who ate shadows for breakfast and steam for lunch and vapors for supper. The river was very real; it held him comfortably and gave him the time at last, the leisure, to consider this month, this year, and a lifetime of years” (134). What Montag sees is what he is getting into is not uncertainty anymore, for the river is real and it is giving him the second thing Faber said is needed for books, which is leisure time to consider information. As he advances closer to the people he is supposed to meet in the country, he sees more and more beauty of the nature and realizes that “there was more than enough here to fill him. There would always be more than enough” (138). Montag reaches Granger and the other “hobos” and sees that they are using fire to warm, but not to burn. He and Granger discuss things, including how when people depart from the world, they are supposed to leave something behind. He envisions Mildred, his wife, leaving nothing but a cigarette in her hand. Montag finds he does not miss her and it is strange. He does not miss his old life that he is leaving behind and he comes to the conclusion that where he is starting the rest of his life, is good for the future. Guy Montag looks
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