Internal Conflict In Fahrenheit 451

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In the novel, Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury associates protagonist Montag Guy’s inner conflicts with the conflict of war. The correlation between Montag's internal conflicts with the external conflict of war exaggerates how Clarisse, Mildred, and Beatty are central to propelling his inner war forward. Throughout the novel, each character influences and builds Montag’s internal war. In addition, all the confrontations between Montag and these characters correlate with events leading up to the external war. First, Bradbury uses Clarisse to introduce and ignite Montag’s inner war. While Montag walks home from the fire station, he meets Clarisse, a young girl who is often looked upon as odd. Then, Clarisse starts talking to Montag and finally leaves…show more content…
Beatty, the captain of the fire house and outlined antagonist, often confuses and intimidates Montag. Beatty regularly scares Montag by performing long, confusing dialogues for him. In these dialogues, Beatty often mentions the war. For example Beatty explains, “Let him forget there is such a thing as war. If the Government is inefficient, top, Heavy, and tax mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it.” (58). Beatty refers to the war as something people need to forget when he elaborates on what their society is all about. Montag’s internal war grows stronger as he talks to Beatty. Throughout the novel, Beatty often intimidates and scares Montag. In the background, Montag starts to adjust to Beatty’s cruel personality as Montag becomes more jittery, violent, and anxious. This demonstrates his personality shift from “average” fireman to a rebellious man. Finally, at the turning point of the novel, Montag faces his conflict and kills Beatty. After Beatty dies, Montag runs away from the police and hears, "War has been declared” (119). The war starting just after Beatty's death exaggerates how problematic Beatty was by correlating a war reference with his death. In conclusion, Bradbury uses Beatty, Mildred, and Clarisse to forward Montag’s inner war. In fact, each of these character’s affect and assemble Montag’s internal war. In addition, Montag’s inner war correlate with the external war. However, Bradbury does not do this on purpose as he is trying to spread the message of how internal and external wars are extremely similar and often are exaggerated and compounded by our outer
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