The protagonist of the novel is a man named Guy Montag. He is the protagonist because he is constantly fighting against a society that disapproves of books. He is clearly the “good guy” because he fights against the antagonist to protect his beliefs and risks his life to do so.
The antagonist in this novel is society because the protagonist is not truly fighting against the ideals and actions of just one person. He goes against society as a whole in order to fight for what he believes in. Society is also the antagonist because it continuously limits Guy Montag and tries to suppress his individualism which ultimately leads to the conflict.
The conflict begins as a struggle within Montag that is caused by society’s standards. Montag has been keeping books in his home even though it is illegal to do so in this futuristic society. He is unable to decide if he should risk everything to read these books or immediately get rid of them.
The conflict escalates when Montag is visited by Captain Beatty from the fire station. Everything that Beatty says to Montag goes against the thoughts that Montag is beginning to have about books. In a way, Captain Beatty is an embodiment of the things that Montag hates about society which begins to convince him that books are the answer to his problems.
Montag has a continuous conflict with his wife, Mildred, which also encourages him to look to books for answers. Originally she rarely even paid attention to Montag, but she was horrified when she found out that he had been hiding books since they were not accepted by society. She tries to burn the books but Montag tries to convince her that books will bring them closer.
I predict that Guy Montag will soon be caught and viewed as a dangerous target. His suspicious activity will lead others to believe that he is hiding something and he will have to quickly find a way to escape. The only way to resolve the conflict would be to help people be more individualistic and open their eyes to the knowledge that is right in front of them.