"'m happy. What does she think? I'm not? asked the quiet rooms." (Bradbury 5) Even though Clarisse talks to Montag and asks him the essential question "Are you happy?", Guy does not sway to the individuality that Clarisse possesses. He is still content with his life of burning houses that contain books for the "betterment of his nation." This stage depicts Montag in his prime of firefighting, shallow and thoughtless like everyone else.
Montag Becomes a Student:
"Before he could move she had put the dandelion under his chin."Well?" he said."What a shame," she said. "You're not in love with anyone. (Bradbury 10) Montag becomes distraught after learning that he's not in love, his entire world gets flipped upside down, and his unbreakable fireman attitude becomes broken. This stage depicts Clarisse invoking an individual thought process in Montag's head. Sparking confusion about his purpose.
"Montag's hand closed like a mouth, crushed the book with wild devotion, with an insanity of mindlessness to his chest."Bradbury 19) Through his new found thoughts, Montag is experiencing a change not even he knows of. Montag may have committed a crime, but this was the start of his revolution. After this "crime," Beatty comes to visit when Montag is "Sick". Almost discovering the book, fortunately not finding the hidden book.
Montag Finds Fulfillment:
You're welcome here!
"You're a hopeless romantic," said Faber. "It would be funny if it were not serious. It's not books you need, it's things once were in books. The same things could be in the `parlour families' today." (Bradbury 38) Montag was amid his change towards intellectual thought, when he sought professor Faber to help print more copies of the bible. Montag tried to revolutionize his society, this was his start as a new person, a new Montag.
"He hadn't wanted to kill anyone, not even Beatty. His flesh gripped him and shrank as if in acid. He gagged. He saw Beatty, a torch, not moving, fluttering out on the grass."Bradbury 55) Beatty symbolizes corrupt authority in this novel, Montag overcame and beat this authority by killing Beatty, Montag never wanted it to end like this, he was reluctant to do so. Montag was killed and was willing to die for the intellectual revolution.
"So if he burnt things with the firemen, and the Time, that meantthat everything burned! One of them had to stop burning. The sun wouldn't." (Bradbury 64) As Montag floats down the river he realizes that he must stop burning, this changes Montag for the better as he forgets his past life. Montag meets more people like him after he escapes the police, with combined efforts of these intellectuals can come together to save their .