How Did Montag Change In Fahrenheit 451

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Change is defined as “the act or instance of making or becoming different”. Throughout the book Montag takes many risks, such as having books in his possession, reading them outloud on the train, and talking to an old professor for help. All of these actions had one main connection; Montag did them with hopes of seeing change in the society. He goes through lots of character development that overall changes his values and happiness. In the beginning of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Montag is a “happy” fireman who enjoys his job, but after meeting Clarisse and reflecting on his life and his purpose in the world, he has become disloyal and wants to gain freedom in the society; the changes he experiences lead to the main theme that in order …show more content…

He became rebellious and took risks to try and change society. Montag had been caught stealing books and was forced to burn down his own house. After being tormented by Beatty, Montag got fed up and decided to take action and “[h]e twitched the safety catch on the flamethrower. Beatty glanced instantly at Montag's fingers and his eyes widened at the faintest bit…And then he was a shrieking blaze, a jumping, sprawling gibbering manikin, no longer human or known, all writhing flame on the lawn as Montag shot one continuous pulse of liquid fire” (113). Montag burned and killed his boss and one of the only people he talked to in the book. This is an example of disloyalty towards both his job and his friends. A few weeks before that, “he tore the book open and flicked the pages and felt them as if he were blind. He picked at the shape of the individual letters, not blinking… ‘lilies of the field''’” ( Bradbury 75). Montag took one of his first rebellious actions. He began reading on the public train when he knew how drastic the consequences could be. Montag tried to have the people hear him and try to get some of them to want change as bad as he did. Despite the fact that Montag craves change in his society, his anger in this part of the story reflects on how he needs to understand himself so he can be happy before he can try and make others

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