In Fahrenheit 451, the author, Ray Bradbury uses characterization as an opportunity to highlight the unique qualities that symbolize the inner desires, of the story’s most dynamic character, Guy Montag. Bradbury reveals how the characters interactions with Montag, inspire him and allows him to begin thinking and asking himself questions. The individual thinking that begins, allows Montag to encounter like-minded characters who give him the courage to begin his journey of change. Clarisse, Mildred, the woman at the house fire, Faber, Captain Beatty, and Granger, all illustrate that engaging in conversations with people encourages thinking as opposed to simply receiving orders that lead to impersonating others. Bradbury’s use of these characters allows the reader to
When Montag meets Clarisse he thinks that he is happy with the perfect job and wife, but then she asks him “Are you happy” (7). At first, he thought that she was crazy for asking him such a question. He couldn’t stop thinking about it and realized that he wasn’t happy. he wanted to know what would make him happy. He started collecting books even though he knew that it was wrong and against the law.
Montag ponders this question for days, until he comes to the conclusion that he is unhappy. This changes Montags thoughts because it makes him wonder if he needs books to truly be happy. Something else that is important happens in Part one, Montag finds out that Clarrise was killed in a car crash. This makes Montag curious about books,but it also makes Montag question his society's intake on death. This conversation with Montag and Mildred contributes to his questioning , “But I think she is dead.
Montag eventually reaches a point where he can’t stand his normal life anymore. Clarisse, intentionally or not, has shocked Montag back into his childlike curiosity. All he wants to do is learn, something he’s never felt so attached to before. This is how Montag becomes comfortable enough with his wonder to start reading books. Within just a few moments of interaction with her, Clarisse was able to bring back the curiosity in Montag’s
She is the first person who challenges Montag and gets him to truly think. She triggers Montag’s questioning of life, what he is doing, and his relationship with his wife Mildred. Upon their first encounter Clarisse begins asking Montag questions, questions about a time when firefighters put out flames not started them, a time when life was a bit slower. She asks, “Are you happy?” once Clarisse is home Montag responds, “Of course I’m happy.
With a plethora of books on varying subject matters, the world of literature is almost endless. Quality books and authors often camouflage further meaning behind a character, theme or symbol providing a treasure for readers willing to search. Ray Bradbury includes a hidden treasure in his novel Fahrenheit 451 by contrasting two of his main characters. The overall message of the story describes a futuristic society with many technological advancements, and the prohibition of books, where Ray Bradbury shows how devastating a society is with mindless technology and lack of quality literature and interactions. However, by exploring the juxtaposition between the characters Mildred and Clarisse, a further meaning can be found through their differing
In stories, a character can be influenced by many things. In Bradbury’s, Fahrenheit 451, Montag meets new people, and finds out new things about people whom he already knows. Along the way, the people he interacts with influences his choices and actions; including Clarisse, Mildred, and Faber. Frequently, Clarisse influences Montag’s choices and actions. In the beginning of the book, she influences Montag by making him realize that he is not happy with his life, by asking him the simple question, “Are you happy?”
Upon meeting Clarisse, Montag had "a brief hour of rediscovery" when his mother "lit a last candle" that made "such illumination that space lost its vast dimensions" (Bradbury 17). In agreeing to escort Clarisse on her walk, Montag wanted to remember his rediscovery and to find out who he was through conversing with Clarisse. Clarisse comment, "You never stop to think what I've asked you" forms curiosity in Montag to question the purpose of everything (Bradbury 31). Her remark hint a future that Montag will wonder into the most dangerous place where books resided to find out the truth behind the government's lies. Clarisse's introduction, "I'm seventeen
Clarisse enlightens Montag on the past when people were not afraid to share their thoughts and opinions. Speaking without a filter in her mind, Clarisse immediately connects with Montag. He had not felt like that in a long while as his wife can get caught up in her own mind. Clarisse asks
Firstly, Montag stole a book to try and discover what he is missing not reading them. Clarisse at random asked Montag if he was happy, and it had never came across to Montag if he was happy. People in their society really didn't feel at all. The old woman that had rather die with her books than give them up, began to make Montag curious on why they were so special. He began to question every aspect in his life, when he does, Mildred tells Montag he should have thought before becoming a fireman.
From one of his first experiences with Clarisse, Montag feels something that he realizes he never felt before in his daily life. He ponders to himself, "How rarely did other people's faces take of you and throw back to your own expression, your own innermost trembling thought?" (Bradbury 8). What Montag is pondering about is how she behaved so attentive and natural towards
As Clarisse questions why Montag begins to think about his actions and how they affect people as well as society. The reader realizes Montag is a puppet in the dystopian society following the protocol as he is told by society. Montag’s inability to reason with what he is doing makes him gullible. Montag’s society would consider him dangerous within his society, but in reality he is escaping what is a dysfunctional.
In society, some people have conflicts with things and people around them. In Fahrenheit 451, the main character, Montag, has to burn books for a living. Montag’s life began to change when he has a decision to steal, hide, and read the books, or turn the books in and act like everyone else. Ray Bradbury shows Montag’s conflict with his wife, a friend, and technology in Fahrenheit 451. Bradbury uses Mildred, Montag’s wife, to show how everyone there is like robots.