Fahrenheit 451 Character Essay
In the story Fahrenheit 451 main character Guy Montag lived a simple easy going life. Fireman by occupation, husband by choice. Until he meets a strange girl that flips his life up side down. Montag undergoes a drastic change in mind, marriage, and self. Going from a charlie to a sagacious man, Montag goes on a wild ride throughout the story.
Fahrenheit 451 opens up with an inner monologue that really displays his mentality right on the spot. Ray Bradbury writes, "It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed." (Bradbury, 1) This shows the mindset Montag has. It Demonstrates how he gets joy out of his job. In the society he lives in books are illegal and firemen start the fires rather than put them out. Montag is such a man and enjoys it greatly. He is completely happy with demolishing pieces of history and written pieces of art. As he says, "it never went away, that smile, it never went away, as long as he remembered." (Bradbury, 2)
On a merry walk home from his beloved job, Montag is nearly un over on the side walk by a life altering girl. In meeting Clarrise, the girl, Montag's mind starts working in ways it never had before. With just one question, " Are you happy?" (Bradbury, 4) she sets way for future events that otherwise would have never happened. Montag starts to doubt whether the way he lives his life is really joyful. He starts to realize that he laughs when not really amused and answers without thinking about the question or his answer. He doesn't really think much at all. And Montag realizes...he is not really happy in the least.
This makes him notice the truth about his marriage, as well. Montag and Mildred Montag's marriage is very much empty. When he tries to confront her about how she feels about him she avoids or brushes it aside. He comes to the realization that all she really loves is her television, or parlor. Their marriage eventually deteriorates...
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