Montag In Fahrenheit 451

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Over the summer I read Fahrenheit 451, a novel by Ray Bradbury. The assignment was to write an essay focused in one of four topics, and I chose topic “Describe Clarisse’s effect on Montag and her function in the novel. How and why does she change him? Why does she vanish from the novel?” Montag is the product of his generation, and never questioned his actions or his thoughts. He didn’t question the purpose of his career of being a fireman, or how the job came into being. The society he lived in was dark, alienated and lonely. Everyone tried so hard to be happy it only made them more unhappy. Clarisse on the other was everything Fahrenheit 451’s world wasn’t. Clarisse doesn’t accept the values set forth for her by society, and rarely takes part in the activities, such as jet car racing, which appeal to…show more content…
As suddenly as Clarisse entered Montag’s life, she quickly exited. Her death itself was an example of the things she talked about, how fast people really go in this society. Her death emphasizes all that is wrong with Montag's conformist society. Bradbury uses her to show the inhumanity of the society in his novel to the reader. Her death prompted him to get serious about the things that were wrong with his world, for him to go ahead and steal books from the fires, and read them openly. He went as far as to get into contact an old professor, and learn from him what actions he should take to stop all of this madness. Montag eventually loses it, and reads aloud to Mildred’s friends in an attempt to make them realize their unhappiness, and try to have an impact on them like Clarisse had on him. In the end, an alarm is called on Montag’s house to burn the books he stole. “Well,” said Beatty, “now you did it. Old Montag wanted to fly near the sun and now that he’s burnt his damn wings, he wonders why. Didn’t I hint enough when I sent the Hound around your place?”

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