Character Analysis Of Guy Montag In Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

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No one is allowed to read books; in fact, it is illegal. This is just one interesting thing in the futuristic society in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Firemen burn books and people in their homes refer to the actors on television shows as their family. Children kill each other, along with having other very destructive tendencies. Also in this story, Guy Montag is the main character, along with his foil character Clarisse McClellan. A foil character is a character that provides a contrast to another character. Guy Montag is an interesting man. He is a fireman who tends to steal books and hide them in a vent at his house, without his wife’s knowledge. He had always thought he was happy at his job, and said, “’Kerosene…is nothing but…show more content…
‘Am I what?’ he cried. But she was gone running in the moonlight. Her front door shut gently” (10). This is a moment from one of the first times Clarisse really made Montag think. Readers know she made a major impact on him, because at the beginning of the book, he said, “It was a pleasure to burn” (3), but later said, “There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing” (51). This shows how influential Clarisse was on Guy while she was still there. She also made him realize that he was not actually happy in life; he does not like his job or love his wife. He even said that he doe not think that he would cry if she dies. Clarisse makes him realize that he never really takes the time to stop and look at life by saying, “Have you ever watched the jet cars race on the boulevard? … I sometimes think drivers don’t know what grass is, or flowers, because they never see them slowly. … If you showed a driver a green blur, Oh yes! He’d say, that’s grass! A pink blur! That’s a rose garden! What blurs are houses. Brown blurs are cows” (8). This made him really stop and look at life, because he realized he had never actually looked at anything very carefully. Guy Montag is very greatly impacted by Clarisse McClellan in the first part of Fahrenheit 451. In Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag’s foil character, Clarisse McClellan, is a deep thinker who transformed Montag into one, somewhat. Montag realizes that he no longer loves the things that he used to love, and he learned to love different things. Clarisse impacted Montag in a way that he never

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