The evolution of Montag

The evolution of Montag

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  • You are a different firemen...Are you happy about life and why do you burn books?
  • Well...of course i'm happy. Books are against the law, and you're an odd one...
  • Hey Montag! Are you fine? Will you make the later shift tonight?
  • Um, i'm not sure right now, but i might. 
  • When will he leave? I don't think i am going to ever come back...I need more answers
  • In the beginning of Montag's journey to overthrow the society that seems to oppress him, Montag lives in a society where books are banned, but at the moment being, Montag does not stop to think, why? Instead, Montag lives and works in sync with the way he is told and forced upon. Montag's job is a fireman, but in this world, books are burned. He seems to have a job and lifestyle that makes him happy and that can be shown through the first page of the book. "It was a pleasure to burn" (1).  The quote shows how Montag is satisfied with his life and has achieved his fate in life, to be happy. 
  • Faber, please...please help me, you are the only person left that can help.
  •! I can't Montag, I'm too much of a coward, it will never work, trust me. 
  • During Montag's walk home, he encounters a very peculiar, yet  interesting young girl named Clarrise McClellan. Montag identifies Clarisse as very crazy and weird, for the quality of what she asks him. Clarisse was the one character in the story who ignited the flame which had Montag started to think, "Why am i doing what I'm doing?" Before meeting Clarrise, Montag did not really think of life, but sort of went with the flow of how this society works. Now, he feels very curious and stops to actually wonder what is his purpose in life and why? He wore his happiness like a mask and the girl had run off across the lawn with the mask" (9). Bradbury's phrase shows how Clarisse had made Montag stop and think, which led him to conclude that he is anything but happy. This starts Montag's curiosity of his own world. 
  • Beatty, your views and biased philosophies end now, it's time for reality!
  • Montag continues for the search of the truth of his society, and he does that by taking the bible from the house he previously burned . He wants to read the book more to search for what's wrong with them, but he feels so guilty for taking the book to the point where he has to create the excuse that he is sick in order to hide from his oppressive captain, Beatty. At this point, Montag feels very curious in  why books are burned, but feels very nervous and guilty. "Because you're afraid, he thought. A child feigning illness, afraid to call after a moment's discussion" (48). This quote shows his eagerness too read and explore more but again shows how guilty and nervous he will feel in the presence of Beatty.
  • Finally, finally! People that understand and can help me
  • Don't be afraid Montag, we are like you and want to help a fellow reader out
  • As Montag's thirst for answers incline, he realizes that one must find help, but from who? This society follows laws blindly, so it is hard to find an outlier. Montag recalls an old acquaintance, a former English professor who also has the love for literature.  At this point in Montag's quest, he becomes very curious with everything and things seem more lucid to him than ever. After Clarrise and his experience with books, he questions things  more. This part of the story symbolizes the change of perspective that Montag had from the beginning of the book, to now. "But he read and the words fell through"(74). This quote shows Montag taking an initiative in his search for answers, he is memorizing the bible which shows how willing he is to reach his goal.
  • Now, we have reached the peak of Montag's journey , in which he possesses the most power and confidence that he didn't have in the first parts of the book. Many say that Montag has evolved from a blind thinker, to a more focused, determined being due to his indomitable spirit. In this scene, Montag kills Beatty, proving that he is not with the norm of society, but contains leader like skills of courage, bravery and determination. "Turn around!" and "We never burned right" (113).  Theses quotes show the change in tone of Montag, from a clueless, powerless man to a dominant and ambitious man.
  • Finally, Montag has reached the final stage in his journey and most importantly, he is very different than who he was in the first place. At this point, Montag is running and trying to hide from the authorities and the hound which are desperately trying to find him.  Montag jumps into a river, where he meets Granger, and scholars that are just like him. Montag's moods are now fulfilled and comfortable. "Yes. A time to break down, and a time to build up" (158). This represents Montag's fulfillment because it shows how Montag is now in a comfortable state, and he is surrounded by people who have the same goal as he does. By being comfortable, Montag is now able to get a boost in determination which he did and then vowed to rebuild their lost city which he wanted all along. 
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