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The Introduction of Montag- In the beginning of Fahrenheit 451, the main character Guy Montag lives a rather repetitive lifestyle and each night "...he returned to the firehouse (2)." He happily burned books all day and proudly wore his "...symbolic helmet numbered 451 (1)." However, Montag seems to be blunt and rather short spoken during this time. He seems to find his job to be decent enough and he finds, while burning books, that "it was a pleasure to burn (1)."
Influences of Clarisse- Later that day, Montag meets a seventeen year old girl whose "...face was slender and milk white (5)," named Clarisse. Clarisse is very intelligent and sparks Montag's interest in analyzing the smaller details in life. She once said that, "It's a lot of funnels and a lot of water poured down the spout and out the bottom, and them telling us it's wine when it's not (27)." This encourages Montag to look deeper into things and discover the brainwashing the government is inflicting on it's people.
Montag Is Sick At Home- Montag becomes "sick" shortly after his encounter with a woman and her books. The woman ended up being burned to death in attempts to rebel against the burning of her belongings. Montag eventually realizes that "There must be something in books, things we can't imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don't stay for nothing (48)." This is when Montag begins to truly find the value of books.
Montag Becomes A Student- Later in the book, Montag meets "..that old man in the black suit (70)," named Faber. Faber is an ex-English professor who loves books. Faber helps Montag formulate a plan for rebellion against the book burners, beginning with Beatty. This plan is cut short when Beatty begins to use books quotes like, "truth will come to light, murder will not be hid long (103)," to battle any of Montag's thoughts as to why “…knowledge is more than equivalent to force (103)," and the importance of intelligence.
Montag Rebels- Shortly following Montag's initial plan for rebellion, Captain Beatty pulls up at Montag's home and is ready to burn everything. To make Montag feel regretful about his decision to hide books, Beatty ends up poking jokes at Montag. Beatty even burned the device allowing Faber and Montag to communicate. Montag responds by sending Beatty into a "…shrieking blaze, a jumping, sprawling gibbering mannikin no longer human or known, all writhing flame.. (113)," which results in Beatty's death.
Montag Finds Fulfillment- After Beatty's execution, Montag is a criminal on the run. After a different "Montag" is caught, the real Montag begins to think very deeply about life. He realizes that, "One of them had to stop burning. The sun wouldn't, certainly. So it looked as if Montag and the people he had worked with until a few short hours ago (134)." This concludes Fahrenheit 451, and leaves the reader and Montag in a state of being very analytical and lots of thinking.
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