Stages of Montag

Stages of Montag

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  • Stage 1: Intro to Montag. He enjoys burning books so that others don't have their own opinions and thoughts. "'Kerosene,' he said, because the silence had lengthened, 'is nothing but perfume to me.'"(4) 
  • Everything is better when books that don't mean anything are burnt
  • Step 2: Montag is influenced by Clarisse. Clarisse represents a changing point in Montag's life. Clarisse pushes Montag to realize that he has been living his whole adulthood wrong all along. "he felt his smile slide away, melt, fold over and down on itself like a tallow skin, like the stuff of a fantastic candle burning too long and now collapsing and now blown out."(9)
  • Step 3: Montag grows sick Montag commits a crime and feels guilty and Beatty visits him at home. "That woman the other night, Millie, you weren't there. You didn't see her face. And Clarisse. You never talked to her. I talked to her. And men like Beatty are afraid of her. I can't understand it."(64)
  • Step 4: Montag becomes a student. Montag seeks Faber for guidance after he commits a crime. He learns more about books and the way they were taken out of society. "We have everything we need to be happy, but we aren't happy. Something's missing. I looked around. The only thing I positively knew was gone was the books I had burned in the ten or twelve years. So I thought books might help."(78)
  • Step 5: Montag Rebels. Montag kills Beatty. "Beatty, he thought, you're not a problem now. You always said, don't face a problem burn it. Well now I've done both. Goodbye, Captain."(115)
  • Step 6: Montag finds fulfillment. Montag has changed so much throughout the book. Once Montag reached the river he found peace. Montag has a new motto now, "live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds."(150)
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