Ray Bradbury's 'Fahrenheit 451'

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Fahrenheit 451 Throughout Ray Bradbury’s novel, Fahrenheit 451, the main character, Guy Montag, conveys a sense of closed mindedness. What he is told or what he is shown is, to him, considered the right and only way. His burning of the books, his incapability to think beyond what has been taught to him. Yet, this comes to a screeching halt when he bumps into the young, seventeen year old Clarisse McClellan, a lady who is not afraid to think outside of the box and has no problem doing it. After Clarisse disappears from Montag’s life, he soon finds someone else to fill in her missing spot, Professor Faber. The Professor slowly moves into position as Montag’s mentor, whether he needed it or not. Both minor characters play some of the biggest…show more content…
My uncle says the two always go together. When people ask your age, he said, always say seventeen and insane” (Bradbury, Pg. 7). This was the first introduction that Montag received of the young Clarisse, instantaneously showing him that she was not like any other individual he had come across before. Her attitude upon life and the way she acts upon what she has been told or taught, completely goes against the grain from what civilization wants. From Clarisse’s first words spoken, Montag’s mind is sucked into a whole new world. By comparing and contrasting the two characters, you can see that Bradbury portrays Clarisse as fun and spontaneous and naturally curious; Montag is more insecure and blunt. Clarrise speaks to Montag of the essence of life, the man on the moon, the dew in the morning, the enjoyment she receives from smelling and looking at beautiful objects. Montag has never bothered with this type of nonsense. Upon seeing this behavior, the opposite from how society has taught Clarisse to act, she gets him to act and, more importantly, start thinking for himself, “You laugh when I haven’t been funny and you answer right off. You never stop to think of what I’ve asked you.” (Bradbury, Pg. 8). This small little question gets Montag thinking about what other kind of situation, like this, that he has been in. How many times has he been asked a question and straight off, before even thinking, answers the question? It had become basic instinct for
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