Farenheit 451 Hero's journey


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Describes Montag's journey as a hero.

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  • Call to Adventure
  • Threshold
  • Guardians/Helpers/Mentors
  • “Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.” ― Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
  • In the book Fahrenheit 451, the call to adventure is when Clarisse inquires to see whether Montag is happy or not. At first, there are qualms behind Montag's response he is happy. Ensuing, this question, Montag witnesses a woman burn herself alive to remain united with her books, and emotionless firemen have no apprehension, after the ordeal. This causes Montag to view society differently, causing him to join Clarrise on her quest to be different.
  • Physical challenges
  • “No, that is the great fallacy: the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful.” ― Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
  • Montag crosses over the threshold when he steals the book. This is his first step toward his knew life; the one he wants to live. His threshold guardian is his wife, Mildred, questioning him if he really wants to go through with it, and confirming it over again and again, because this will cause a completely different life for Montang, once it is known he has books.
  • Physical challenges
  • Emotional and mental challenges
  • At the firehouse, Captain Beatty, attempts to trick Montag, by explaining a dream he had, in which he and Montag battled each other with the verses of various pieces of literature. This presents itself as a challenge, for Montag, because he must decide whether Beatty is for or against the cause, in a matter of moments.
  • Montag boards the fire truck and is astonished when he is informed the destination is his home. It is disclosed that the neighbors, whom he read the poem to, turned him in. Captain Beatty orders him to destroy his home; Montag complies with the order, while his wife leaves without speaking to him.
  • A mental challenge that Montag has to conquer is when he inadvertently starts reading the book to his wife's friends. He finds himself in a predicament where he tries to educate the hedonistic culture around him. The anti-intellectual people he is surrounded by perceive him as crazy, so he must play the ordeal off as a joke, but inside it challenges him to suppress the truth.
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