Montag: realization and eruption
Montag releases his innermost accretionary indignation including Beatty’s infuriation, Clarisse’s death and Mildred’s betrayal. Just as Beatty says,” Fire was best for everything”, (p.110) Montag burns his house and comprehends the deep meaning of that sentence for the first time. He is weary of staying with a strange woman who stares the “family” all day. He tries to break loose from the inanimate society. The fire helps him achieve the goal. Montag’s killing is not an accident but an eruption. He wavers between Clarisse and Beatty’s words all the time before the tragedy. He believes Clarisse’s views but he is also incapable of opposition against Beatty. However, since Beatty insults “Faber” who is regarded as Montag’s trusty friend, he steadies his stance and erupts from the conflict eventually.
Clarisse changes Montag a lot. She even becomes an indefensible part in his life. Both of them enjoy every moment they have together because of the similar experience and common language. Clarisse appreciates his understanding. Montag is influenced deeply by her distinctive visual angle. She tells him about differences between present and foretime. Firemen’s responsibility was to put out fire instead of burning books. Children didn’t kill each other. People’s life is full of communication, trust and accommodation but not suspicion and antagonism. Clarisse’s words make Montag consider his attitude towards life again. He not only begins to change himself but also observes others carefully like she does (p.30). Montag puts effort into hiding books. Although he knows that such behavior is against his job, he wants to preserve them as many as possible in order to make the society same as past.