Montag Individuality

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Relying on others to tell someone what to do and how to live is not living. Montag, the main character, is first like everyone else in his society. He soon met a girl named Clarisse, who helped him change. Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451, uses devises to show individuality and sameness. Montag, who was a fireman, did not know better than to burn books. He was just being like everyone else and all the other firefighters. Montag enjoyed his job. He enjoys burning books for a living. “It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed” (Bradbury 1). Montag only knew how to burn books. He knew that’s what made him happy and everyone else happy. “It’s fine work. Monday burn Millay, Wednesday Whitman, Friday Faulkner, burn ‘em to ashes, then burn the ashes. That’s our official slogan” (Bradbury 6). Montag and the fireman have a pattern when they burn the books. Guy Montag is starting to realize what he is doing is not right. Clarisse, Montag’s neighbor, has opened up his eyes and showed him he is not living. He starts reading poems to Mildred and…show more content…
Beatty burned Montag’s house for having books in them and that set something in Montag. “Why, we’ve stopped in front of my house” (Bradbury 106). All the firemen went to Montag’s house because Mildred told on Montag of having the books in their house. "Mildred, you didn’t put in the alarm” (Bradbury 108). Mildred did not like Montag changing and finally said something about all the books he has had. As people can see from reading Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451, he uses devise to show individuality and sameness. Montag has changed his whole life because he met a wonderful girl who helped him see color and not just darkness. He now sees the things that not everyone in his society has. If Clarisse never asked him if he was happy, he still would be the same person he was. If no one lives, there is no way to
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