Montag from Fahrenheit 451 Is a Hero

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A Hero for Disconsolate City A hero by definition is a person, typically a man, who is admired for courage or noble qualities; or more specifically in some cases the chief male character in a book, play, or movie, who is typically identified with good qualities. This being said, Guy Montag in, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, fits this criteria for both definitions exceptional. Montag’s heroic actions include taking monumental risks, following his conscience despite the consequences and was strong enough to fight for his belief for the good of his city. Guys puts himself, his wife, his job and his life at risk, all to be the person who stood up for books, something he had been against for as long as he could remember. Once Montag hands over the book to Beatty and he disposes of it, the alarm at the station goes off. They ride together only for Montag to realize the alarm that was set off was because of his own home. As Guy reevaluates the situation trying to figure out who called in the alarm he comes to the realization that it was Mildred. She rushes out of the house with a suitcase and climbs into the beetle taxi. “…and sat mumbling, ‘Poor family, poor family, oh everything gone, everything, everything gone now…’” (Bradbury 114). Mildred, his own wife, called the fire department because of the books Montag kept. Not only did she just call the fire department, but she called the one place that Montag worked and was already on the edge of being fired and put in prison. In one shot he lost his wife and job and in pages to come, his home. Many people would just give up, give Beatty the books within the 24 hours or just burn the rest of them but not Montag. Montag stood his ground with Faber in his ear and watched as his wife left him, he lost his job, and personally burned down his own house along with his boss. Guy went against everything that was acceptable in

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