He is 30 and married to his wife Mildred that is only with him because of his money and talent. He works for the fire department and scorches books for a living to keep knowledge out of people’s heads with a slight twist. The world sees him as a generally afraid person that is very insecure about what he does that Montag is a rebel that does not abide by the rules and does not do what he is told. Montag shows rebellion when he says “Didn't firemen prevent fires rather than stoke them up and get them going” (Bradbury, 5). In this quote, he realizes that what he does for a living is wrong and he should change his ways and do what a fireman is supposed to do.
(Bradbury 78) Similar to Mildred’s mindset is Beatty, who is a fireman that works with Montag. For instance, he reminds Montag of the importance of burning books by saying, "The important thing for you to remember, Montag, is we're the Happiness Boys... you and I and the others. We stand against the small tide of those who want to make everyone unhappy with conflicting theory and thought. We have our fingers in the dike.
Montag laughed, “That’s against the law” (14).These quotes are truly showing us that Montag had loved his job and he was respected about it at the beginning of the story. Montag eventually stopped burning books. He realized that books represented people’s ideas and their own experiences. Then he strongly decided to learn from the books. ”I want you to teach me to understand what I read “(255).”He reached under his pillow.
Regardless of this, he differs from most other people. Montag does not hate books like the rest of society, but instead he is driven by his love of fire. “It was a pleasure to burn.” (3). He became a fireman because of this passion and not because he thought the
In the first four pages of Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury uses figurative language to describe how Montag lives jocundly ignorant about his superficial society, when in reality he is destroying it. Bradbury begins by describing Montag as someone who enjoys destruction with his “fiery smile” (Bradbury 4) alike most citizens in this futuristic society similar to current society, for “It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed” (Bradbury 2). Blackened and changed is a metaphor for the process in which firemen burn knowledge out of society, something Montag believes is right and takes part in. He thinks that burning is a beautiful thing to do, and that his hands are “the hands of some amazing conductor playing
Significant References in Fahrenheit 451 As Dave Attell once said, “You know, men and women are a lot alike in certain situations. Like when they’re both on fire-they’re exactly alike.” Attell’s quote ties in perfectly with Fahrenheit 451 regarding the novel’s futuristic society. The government’s goal is to make everyone equal and create overall happiness by making books illegal and disposing of all the remaining books through the rise of fire.
Despite being on opposite sides of the law, the characters Guy Montag, from Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, and DC comic character Mick Rory by John Broome and Carmine Infantio, are actually quite similar and share the symbol of fire. Both characters show some level of pyromania. In a story where books and building and even people get burned saying that some pyromania would be easy enough. However, according to britannica.com pyromania is, “an impulse-control disorder characterized by the recurrent compulsion to set fires.” In the beginning of Fahrenheit 451 it says “It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blacken and changed.”
It all begins on what seemed like a normal day in a normal world. Guy Montag, liked being a fireman, “It was a pleasure to burn.” (Fahrenheit 451, p. 1) However, this in his world being a fireman had a different meaning entirely. A fireman did not help save people or put out the fire they started them.
Montag began his career as a dedicated fireman. He was taught to burns books and he performed this task well, taking great joy in his life as a firemen. He loved the smell of kerosene burning the books at 451 degrees Fahrenheit. These were the books that were so vehemently hated. But this all changed when Montag met a young girl by the name of Clarisse.
Two seemingly unalike books like Fahrenheit 451 written by Ray Bradbury and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass written by himself provide a great example of comparing the two different themes and even finding common ones between them. Every time a book is read, deep thought should be taken in order to fully understand the themes and morals the author is trying to impose on his or her audience. In this case, the pursuit for a higher education, freedom, and developing oneself. Fahrenheit 451 is a book about an everyday fireman living in a future United States whose job is to burn books.
Fahrenheit 451 Leah Kinzer Period 1 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a book that I had heard much about before reading it. I chose this book because I thought that it sounded like an interesting storyline and I wanted to read a dystopian novel. A theme that I found big throughout the story was that it’s never too late to change your fate.
In the novel, Fahrenheit 451, written by Ray Bradbury, a story is told about a man named Guy Montag, a fireman who burns books in a society where books are illegal and everyone is trying to be happy in the wrong ways. Montag ends up questioning the ordinary and discovers that books are the answer, not the curse, so he escapes society to start all over. Through Montag’s experiences and influences, he learns that there is more to the strange life he is living, which changes his character. “It was a pleasure to burn” (Bradbury 1); says Guy Montag. Montag is content with his way of living.
Fahrenheit 451 - Character Development Ray Bradbury’s entire book, “Fahrenheit 451” is about a man whose only passion in life was to do his job, burn books. Then, by meeting a strange girl one day, Clarisse, his entire perspective was changed. He was a man who captured people that broke the law to later breaking the law himself. In the beginning of the story Bradbury uses a collection of words to show that Montag loved his job.