The Evolution of Montag

The Evolution of Montag

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  • Montag and Clarisse are walking down the street together, towards his house. Montag is very sooty and dirty from a fire, but he is still focusing his attention on Clarisse, which most people don't do since they think she is crazy. Clarisse also asks him interesting questions such as "Is it true that firemen put fires out instead of going to start them?"
  • After having talked to Clarisse, he is now looking at the world a little differently. Montag can't believe that this woman is willing to lose her life just for books.  "The woman knelt among the books, touching the drenched leather and cardboard, reading the gilt titles with her fingers while her eyes accused Montag. 'You can't ever have my books,' she said."
  • After the fire, Montag can't make himself go to work because he feels very guilty about stealing a book from the woman who had burned with her books and her house. He is trying to hide his stolen book from Captain Beatty and his wife, Mildred, isn't helping him by trying to fluff his pillow. Beatty also tries convince Montag that burning books is the right thing to do, but Montag can't help but feel guilty for doing so.
  • Montag remembered Faber from a park where he met him a year ago, and now, Montag is coming to Faber with the Bible and an offer. Montag wants to fight against the burning of books because he finally discovered the good side to books. Montag has become tired of being controlled and told what to do all of the time. He wants to have the freedom to think on his own.
  • This is the scene where Montag has finally turned to the side of supporting books. Mildred is the one who called in the alarm and she is now speeding away in a taxi, leaving Beatty to mock Montag and force him to burn down his house with all of the books inside. Montag then burns Beatty and the Mechanical Hound, but the hound manages to stab him with anesthetic.
  • Montag has escaped the Mechanical Hound and floated through the river to find these 5 men sitting around a fire talking and watching an old tv of the chase. He has now resolved to do his best to get more people to read more books and learn more about the past. He sits down with the men and they start talking about the books they have memorized. 
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