Fahrenheit 451 – A Character Analysis Of Guy Monta

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In the 1953 story Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, a fireman named Guy Montag makes a complete metamorphosis from hating books with a passion to loving them and what they hold between their covers. He changes from a zombie like character, incognizant of the activities in his society, to a person conscious of everything, so enlightened by the new world he is exposed to. Many aspects in his society helped this metamorphosis come about, the biggest influence on Montag’s life in this novel were the people in his life. The first personal influence on is Clarisse, a young teenage girl, who moves next door to Montag with her uncle. Clarisse is classified as an odd person, who loves to talk to Montag, and ask him questions about himself. She loves to talk about her uncle who remembers the past and has a sharp intellect. She is also very perceptive, "I like to watch people. Sometimes I ride the subway all day and look at them and listen to them, I just want to figure out who they are and what they want and where they're going. Sometimes I even go to the Fun Parks and ride in the jet cats when they race on the edge of town at midnight and the police don’t care as long as they’re insured. As long as everyone has ten thousand insurance everyone’s happy. Sometimes I sneak Page 2 around and listen in subways. Or I listen at soda fountains” (30-31). Clarisse teaches Montag to look around him and look at the people for who they really are. He had never done that before. She shows him, with a simple dandelion, that Montag isn't really in love with Mildred anymore. Clarisse teaches Montag to look around and to pay attention to what is really important in life, just not what his society tells him. The second personal influence is Mildred. Mildred, his wife of a few years, is a negative influence on him. Mildred doesn’t know who she really is and lives in a fantasy world
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