Evolution of Montag

Evolution of Montag

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  • Stage 1 - The Introduction of Montag
  • I love burning books! It is so good for human kind!
  • Stage 2 - Montag Influenced by Clarisse
  • Stage 3 - Montag Grows Sick
  • At the beginning of Ray Bradbury's novel, Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag is a happy man. He enjoys his job as a fireman who burns books to keep people from reading different opinions and having their own thoughts. "While the books went up in sparkling whirls and blew away on a wind turned dark with burning. Montag grinned the fierce grin of all men signed and driven back by flame" (2).  
  • Stage 4 - Montag becomes a Student (pg. 71-93)
  • Montag starts to questions things more in this section of the book. After talking with Clarisse, he is starting to stop and smell the roses in life. "What incredible power of identification the girl had... How long had they walked together? Three minutes? Five? Yet how large that time seemed now. How immense a figure she was on the stage before him” (9). In this stage, Montag is realizing how people, including himself, are not happy in life. 
  • Stage 5 - Montag Rebels
  • In this section of the novel, Guy Montag grows sick because he feels so guilty about burning a woman when they burned her books. He wonders what is so good about books for the woman to die with them. He asks Mildred to call in sick for him because he doesn't want to talk to Captain Beatty, but she doesn't want to either. The Captain comes to the Mildred and Guy's house and almost catches Guy with a book. "You weren't there, you didn't see,' he said. 'There must be something in books, things we can't imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there" (48).
  • Stage 6 - Montag Finds Fulfillment
  • In this stage, Montag seeks Faber's help. Guy wants Faber to teach him to understand the books he reads and to tell Guy what people are missing to be truly happy.  When Guy first calls Faber, Faber thinks it is a trap, so Montag goes to his house and talks with Faber face to face. "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...' 'It's not books you need, it's some of the things that once were in books" (78).
  • In this part of the book, Montag rebels against Captain Beatty and the other firemen. After Captain Beatty persuades Guy to go on his last call as a fireman, Montag sees that the men are going to his house. After Montag burns his house down, he points the flame thrower at Beatty and pulls the trigger. After he does this, Montag starts running away, but he doesn't know where to. "where am I running? Nowhere. There was nowhere to go, no friend to turn to, really. Except Faber. And then he realized that he was indeed, running toward Gaber's house, instinctively. But Faber couldn't hide him" (118).
  • By the end of Fahrenheit 451, Montag has gone through a huge change. After Faber tells him to, Montag goes floating down the river so that he can find a hobo camp to live with. He goes into the river to hide his scent from the people and mechanical hounds trying to find him. Once he reaches the camp, he is welcomed by the other men. "We all made the right kind of mistakes, or we wouldn't be here. When we were separate individuals, all we had was range. I struck a fireman when he came to burn my library years ago. I've been running ever since You want to join us, Montag?" (143). 
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