Clarisse’s Effect on Guy Montag and Her Purpose in Fahrenheit 451.

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Clarisse’s effect on Guy Montag and her purpose in Fahrenheit 451. In the story Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the main character in the story, a firefighter named Guy Montag, makes a transformation from disliking books with to a craze to adoring them and what it carries inside of them. He changes from a zombie like character, incognizant of the activities in his society, to a person conscious of everything, so enlightened by the new world he is exposed to. Many aspects in his society helped this metamorphosis come about, the biggest influence on Montag’s life in this novel were the people in his life. The first personal influence on is Clarisse; a young, teenage girl, who moves next door, with her uncle, to Montag. Clarisse is classified as an odd person, who loves to talk to Montag, and ask him questions about himself, and she loves to talk about her uncle, who remembers the past and has a sharp intellect. She is also very perceptive: "I like to watch people. Sometimes I ride the subway all day and look at them and listen to them, I just want to figure out who they are and what they want and where they're going. Sometimes I even go to the Fun Parks and ride in the jet cats when they race on the edge of town at midnight and the police don’t care as long as they’re insured. As long as everyone has ten thousand insurance everyone’s happy. Sometimes I sneak around and listen in subways. Or I listen at soda fountains.” (Bradbury 30-31) Clarisse teaches Montag to look around him, look at the people for who they really are. He had never done that before. She shows him, with a simple dandelion, that Montag isn't really in love with Mildred anymore. Clarisse teaches Montag to look around and to pay attention to what is really important in life, just not what his society tells him. The second personal influence is Mildred. Mildred, his wife of a few years is a negative influence on him. She doesn’t know who she really is and lives in an fantasy world with her...
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