As we all know, everyone is different in their own way. Throughout the novel, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Montag faced many situations and one of them was being caught with books and having his house burnt down by Captain Beatty. A handful of justifications on why it was right for Beatty to burn Montag’s house down is because the Mechanical hound knew that Montag had books in his house, Beatty was doing his job and Millie also knew he had books and didn’t want to get in trouble as well. Even though Montag was a fireman and knew what would happen if he was caught with books, he still hid the books anyway and tried to get away with it. In the beginning, the hound caused everyone to sense that it was precisely watching Montag do all of the actions he did.
Analyzing these elements of Montag’s character reveals a theme that life should be questioned and the unobserved life is not worth living. The physiology of Guy Montag shows that he fulfills the stereotypes of the “American Dream” but is not satisfied by them.
(SIP-A) Montag started to turn against his society. (STEWE-1) His first target was Beatty, who tried to make him turn against books. “And then he was a shrieking blaze, a jumping, sprawling, gibbering mannikin, no longer human or known, all writhing flame on the lawn as Montag shot one continuous pulse of liquid fire on him. There was a hiss like a great mouthful of spittle banging a red hot stove, a bubbling and frothing as if salt had been poured over a monstrous black snail to cause a terrible liquefaction and a boiling over of yellow foam” (Bradbury 115). Montag had shot a pulse of liquid fire onto Beatty and then watched him burn alive.
In the book Fahrenheit 451 Guy Montag a fireman that burns books goes through some rough times trying to find happiness in his life. He gets awaken to this idea when he meets a jaunty yet skittish girl named Clarisse, who asks him a question and makes him question his happiness and love. Then again through all of this thinking, he starts to find himself getting curious and starts to take books from houses that need to be burned for having them. Although Montag can be seen as a murder he is justified in killing Beatty, the fireman chief, because Montag is curious and tired of kids not knowing what really happened throughout history, as well as how Beatty treats him throughout the book. In the end, Montag killing Beatty was a helpful act of society itself.
In the novel, Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, Montag, the main character, goes from loving his job to rethinking of his job. Montag came in mind that his job not only hurt him but also hurt society. He began to realize that he no longer enjoyed his job. Montag did not like the fact of knowing that his job was only hurting other people. In the novel, it states, “I was just figuring,” said Montag, “what does a hound think about down there nights?” (#1) This quote makes Montag very mad and upset.
Montag begins to question everything he has ever known (Bradbury). He starts thinking and steals one book from one of the burning site (Bradbury 34). His Captain comes to know about it and warns him but he still keeps some books with him. Then his Captain makes him burn his house to ashes. He kills his Captain and a few firemen and runs away from the crime spot.
However, it is evident that doubt has been planted in his mind, “What does she think? I’m not?” (Bradbury 8). Montag is faced, for the first time, with having to examine his life and if he is actually happy. It destroys his “mask”, allowing him to see the problems of his life, and, more importantly, society. The new perspective “kills” a part of him, the part that was content with his perfect life (having a good,
Montag is a fireman with a wife. His wife, Mildred, watches television all day, while Montag has to make a living to support the two. One evening, Montag trudges home from work and has an odd conversation with a queen teenage girl named Clarisse. Soon, evening after evening, Montag keeps having conversations with Clarisse. Through these conversations, lies the government has replaced as truth are exposed within his mind.
He goes to Faber, a retired English professor, who conspires with Montag to take down Beatty and the fire station with all its men. Moreover, he helps him escape the hound and guides him to a group of people who live down the river. Montag discovers that he is not alone; all these people know the importance of books and they memorize them. Henriette Wien explains, “Montag’s resistance, therefore, should be read as paths to the ultimate emotional and spiritual re-connection” (Wien 69). Eventually, after the city’s destruction by bombs, Montag and his intellectual friends decide to start a new life seeking the free future they desire.