Stage 1: Intro of Montag "Kerosene... is nothing but perfume to me" (Bradbury 4). Guy Montag is a fireman for 451. His job is to burn books because the books are illegal and he follows what society tells him to do.
Stage 2: Clarisse's Influence on Montag "He was not happy. He was not happy. He said the words to himself. He recognized this as the true state of affairs He wore his happiness like a mask" (Bradbury 9). Clarisse is leading Montag on his journey to find the truth. He wants to learn more about books, history, and become happy again.
How can I be happy?
Stage 3: Montag grows sick "At least once in his career, every fireman gets an itch. What do the books say, he wonders. Oh, to scratch that itch, eh? Well, Montag, take my word for it, I've had to read a few in my time, to know what I was about, and the books say nothing!" (Bradbury 59). Montag is sick and quilty because of the crime that he committed last night. Beatty paid him a visit and Montag was asking about books and Beatty tries to say that they offer nothing and they are useless. Montag does not believe Beatty.