Montag In Fahrenheit 451 Essay

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Montag in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451

Many minor characters influence the character Guy Montag. All these characters give Montag a new perspective on society and people. This is what helps shape Montag into who he wants to be. Montag’s eyes are opened throughout the book as he begins to see what people are actually like. In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury uses Mildred, Mrs. Blake, and Faber to influence Montag’s character.

First of all, Mildred influences Montag by being an example of what is wrong in society. This helps open Montag’s eyes to the truth/reality. Montag asks Mildred, “When did we meet? And where?” Montag and Mildred could not remember where they had met,so Mildred finally decides, “It doesn’t matter” (Bradbury 42-43). This causes Montag to realize that he knows little about Mildred. He also realizes that Mildred cares more about
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Blake, and Faber. These characters help show Montag what the society he lives in is actually like, (Mildred), and how to fix it (Faber and Mrs. Blake). Montag changes in such a monumental way throughout the book. His beliefs change as well as his emotions. Montag learns what real love is and learns to stand up for what he believes in. Montag’s eyes are opened to all the problems of the society he lives in due to other characters either being a problem or pointing them out to him. Ray Bradbury uses characters in his book to show the different kinds of people in the world: the emotionless, the bitter, the cowardice, to brave, and the curious. They all show up in the book in some type of character to inspire Montag. Just like Ray Bradbury explains, books are important because they emphasize the mistakes and “pores” in society. This is exactly what Fahrenheit 451 does. The characters are like a mirror image of people in society today. What kind of characters are people, cowardice or brave, motionless or

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