"Montag grinned the fierce grin of all men singed and driven back by flame. He new that when he returned to the firehouse, he might wink at himself, a minstrel man, burnt corked, in the mirror. " (p. 4)
Montag Influenced by Clarisse
"Being with people is nice. But I don't think it's social to get a bunch of people together and then not them talk, do you?" (p.29)
Montag Grows Sick
"It's not just about the woman who died...for the first time I realized that a man behind each one of the books. A man had to think them up..." (p. 52)
This scene comes from page 4 in Fahrenheit 451. Montag, the main character, is a firefighter--however in this dystopian world, books are illegal and firefighters are there to burn houses that have books inside of them. Montag is proud of his job, and he loves doing it, evidence being that he grinned after burning a house and would go back to the firehouse to congratulate himself in the mirror. At this point in Montag's character development, he is on top of the world--nothing he is doing is wrong; it's just the way life is and he happily accepts that. Nothing can change his opinion.
Montag Becomes a Student
"Something's missing." (p.82)
This scene comes from page 29 in the book Fahrenheit 451. I chose this scene to show how Montag is influenced by Clarisse because after she gives this speech to him, he starts to really think about it. He is no longer confident in the lifestyle he leads and begins to question what he is really doing in his life. At home, he starts trying to engage Mildred in actual conversation and grows frustrated when she is only interested about talking about her "family" on the "TV". Montag is now in the middle of this odd friendship with Clarisse, who is convincing him to really think about what he's doing and what it means. This leads into the next evolution.
This scene from page 52 shows the progression of Montag from the beginning of the book to now. Before, he had no doubt in his mind that he was doing the right thing--books were bad. Now, he is almost certain that his whole life had been a lie and books weren't bad--in fact, maybe they were good and people just didn't realize it. When Montag is explaining his feelings to his wife, Mildred, he becomes aware that she really just doesn't care. However, Montag does, expecially with feeling so guilty that they killed a woman just for possessing books and the fact that he stole a book from the crime scene. He's conflicted between being the good citizen to the community and having a stable job and being more like the person he believes he should be (influenced by Clarisee)
Montag Finds Fufillment
"We're going to meet a lot of lonely people in the next week...when they ask us what we're doing, you can say, We're remembering." (p.164)
This scene from page 82 shows Montag going to an old man and a lover of books, Faber, for guidance. Montag feels like something is missing from his life and thinks that books are the answer to his emptiness. Faber tells him that he misses the things that were inside of books, the things that made people think about anything and everything. Montag is becoming more confident about this new version of himself, all thanks to Clarisee and Faber (Clarisse for getting him thinking and Faber for helping him understand what is going on. Faber eventually supports Montag's idea to attempt to change more firefighters to be more like him.
"It's not books you need, it's some of the things that once were in books." (p. 82)
In this scene from page 119, Montag has just killed his fire-chief, Beatty, with fire, at Montag's house. He is almost irrational at this point in how he is getting his point across that books are something that should be valued, not destroyed. He is extremely confident that he is doing the right thing, even if it means harming others (hence the irrational actions). Montag will stop at nothing to make sure that books are going to be valued in society--even if it means himself getting into major trouble.
"Hand it over, Guy," said Beatty... (p. 119)
And then he was a shrieking blaze...." (p. 119)
After Montag escapes the live chase for him, he meets a group of homeless people who are homeless because they love books. One particular man, Granger, shows Montag that yes, books are wonderful, but they don't solve everything. And it's certainly not going to solve anything in their society if this group of homeless people are running around carrying books. Instead, Granger tells Montag to just remember everything that he has read so that heh has the things that are inside of books with out the dangers of owning one. With this group of people, even though he has left his old life behind, he finds peace and the ability to be happy again.