In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury portrays how Montag likes to burn and change things with fire. Montag can be compared with fire in many ways. Fire to him is pleasure, power, warmth, and happiness. Throughout the book, Bradbury demonstrates how Montags’ personality mirrors fire.
Montag felt good when working with fire he did not care about anything else. He felt pleasure seeing things deformed “It was a pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed.”(Page 3) Montag felt full of life and good about changing things with fire. He loved the adrenaline he felt when burning books with fire. He felt the warmth of the fire “Later going to sleep, he would feel the fiery smile still gripped by his face muscles, in the dark.”(Page4) instead of finding pleasure by being with his wife he found more pleasure in fire. He cared more about his job then his home and his spouse.
After meeting Clarisse Montag’s view of fire and how he used it changed. He felt regretful for working with fire “Montag’s hand closed like a mouth crushed the book with wild devotion, with an insanity of mindlessness to his chest.”(Page 37) Montag’s change of opinion on destroying books caused him to save one. He blamed his hands for his actions and pretended he had no control over them. Montag did not know what to do “He gazed, shaken, at the white hand. He held it way out, as if he were farsighted. He held it close, as if he were blind.”(page 38) Montag was trembling while he was trying to get the lady out of the house. He did not want to kill anybody else with fire.
Montag found a good use for fire when he burned away his old life. He relived his self by burning things “He burnt the bedroom walls and the cosmetics chest because he wanted to change everything.”(Page 116) Montag used fire for a good cause to change his old life and have a fresh start. He did not want to use fire to destroy things any more. “Fire was best for everything.”(Page 116) Montag...
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