Fahrenheit451 Essay

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Change in Character How can ones character change over time through thoughts and actions? It is difficult to grasp change even as you notice it over time. Montag changes his complete life over the course of this book, which does not seem to be a very long time. A man that has enjoyed being a fireman, starting fires, upholding the law, being feared by society, for ten years has become a fugitive almost overnight. In Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” we see evidence of Montag’s change in character through his thoughts and actions. The first time we are introduced to Montag’s change in character is through his thoughts. “Montag’s problems, and awakening, begin when he meets Clarrise McClellan, who, during their first conversation, simply asks “Are you happy.” From this moment on, Montag begins his metamorphosis” (Luker 2). Montag dwells on the question “Are you happy,” but he does not seem to be able to find the answer within himself. The second time we see evidence in Montag’s change in character was in his actions. The firemen respond to a call about a woman who seems to have books in her possession. While the fireman are gathering books from hiding spots throughout the house and off book shelves, Montag stands still as if he was dazed. “Montag had done nothing. His hand done it all, his hand, with a brain of its own, with a conscience and a curiosity in each trembling finger, had turned thief. Now it plunged the book back under his arm, pressed it tight to sweating armpit, rushed out empty, with a magician’s flourish!” (Bradbury 37-38). Montag has just stolen a book from a house that he was supposed to burn. This is the starting point in which Montag starts to seek answers. The third time we see evidence in Montag’s change in character is once again in his actions. Montag pulls books out of his hiding spot and starts to read them. Mildred becomes upset about him

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