Mood Analysis on Guy Montag in Fahrenheit 451

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As Montag gains knowledge of what the world could be his traits develop to change him into a new man. In the beginning, Montag gets pleasure from fire. He burns “illegally owned books in the houses of their owners” for a living (F451 Summary). He “[grins] the fierce grin of all men,” making the reader feel that Montag is sadistic (Bradbury 4). Later on in the book, Montag burns Beatty alive because “he [knows] he [is] two people” and Montag needed to be different. As Montag starts change, he experiences internal conflict.

Montag encounters a stage in his life that is questioning him. Clarisse wants to know if he is in love, so she holds a dandelion underneath his chin. When nothing rubs off, Montag gets angry because he thinks he is “very much in love” (Bradbury 22). He also experiences confliction when Beatty finds out that Montag is stealing books, so Beatty sets the Hound after Montag. When Montag approaches the Hound, it “growls” (Bradbury 25). This event adds to the suspense building in the readers mind.

Plot events created by Montag allow the reader to experience the many different faces of Guy Montag. At first, he feels comfortable with his job, but when Mildred tells Montag that Clarisse is “gone”, Montag starts to have thoughts on the questions Clarisse asked him (Bradbury 23). “”How did it start? How did you get into it? How did you pick your work and how did you happen to think to take the job you have?”” Clarisse asks Montag (Bradbury 47). This makes him take a new perspective on his life setting him on his journey to find the truth about his society. While Montag is going through the events, the stress rises within him.

In the beginning of the book, Montag is very controllable, but later comes to find that he has another side to him. Being easily influenced makes it very simple to manipulate his thoughts, like people in a communist government. Montag is led to leave a lady in her house to burn. He also is told the rules of his career, “1....
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