Fahrenheit 451 takes place in the future in a time where such ridiculous things as reading books, driving slowly, and walking outside are prohibited and the job of firemen involves burning books. The main character, Guy Montag, is one of the many firemen and he expects respect from people because he is one. He takes great pride in his job and enjoys seeing things "changed" by the fire (such as the books he burns). He even enjoys the smell of kerosene. Montag is influenced by many people throughout this period of his life.
One of these people is Clarisse McClellan-a beautiful, young girl who influences Montag to think more and be more individual like her. She also influences him to open up more to the beauties of the natural world. Clarisse describes herself as "seventeen and crazy" and says she comes from an odd family that do bizarre things such as talk to each other and walk places. One night, she and Montag are talking as they walk home and she asks Montag, "'Are you happy?'." This affects him greatly because it gets him thinking and brings him to the realization that he is not happy.
Another man influences Montag to rebel and speak out against book burning-Faber. One day, while on the job, Montag has to burn a woman along with her many books and he steals a book although he claims "his hand had done it all, his hand, with a brain of its own..." He decides he wants to read teh book, along with 20 other books he has hidden in his ventilator, to help him out of his ignorance, but he does not comprehend what he is reading so he turns to faver, an old, retired professor that he met in the park a year ago. Guy wants Faber to help him make a duplicate book because he has to turn the book into Beatty within 24 hours. Faber explains to him "It's not books you need, it's some of the things that once were in books. The same things could be in teh 'parlor families' today. The same infinite detail and awareness could be projected through the radios and televisions,...
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