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Changes In Montag, Fahrenheit 451 Essay

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Guy Montag, the main character in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, goes through a huge change in his life. He changes from a typical fireman who follows the laws, into a person who challenges the law. Montag wakes up from being numbed and realizes that he is unhappy. Montag's wife, "Mildred", who is addicted to Television and radio, did not care about Montag's feelings. However; Clarisse and Faber played a big role in Montag's life. Montag is a metaphor for a numbed society and his courage is demonstrated as he wakes up and evolves into his real human self throughout the book.Montag's first awakening starts when he meets Clarisse,. A 17 year old girl, who liked to smell things and look at ...view middle of the document...

Another effect of Clarisse's question on Montag is "reading". Before Montag and Clarisse meet, Montag never thought or reading a book because he thinks it is against the law. But after, he starts challenging the laws by reading books that he took from burning houses, because he thinks he could find his happiness in it. Books shows a big change in Montag's personality and thinking towards the numbed society he lives in.Montag's life got messed, he does not know what to do or where to go. He admits that he did something while feelings something else, "I went around doing one thing and feeling another" . This proves how Montag is confused about his life. Montag's changes in life is fast, he can not believe how fast he changed from on day to another, "it was only the other night everything was fine and the next thing I know I'm drowning" . This means that Montag is analyzing and thinking about his past, his work, his wife Mildred, and the society he lives in.After Clarisse is gone, there was no one to advise and question Montag about reality and life, and no one to influence him more to change to a better way of happiness. Further in the book, Montag meet Faber; a retired old professor. Who admits that the current state of society is due to the cowardice of people like himself, who would not speak out against book burning when they can do it to stop it. Montag seeks Faber's help and advise in most of the steps that Montag's take. Faber was the only man that Montag could trust, and he was the only person that could understand what Montag is going through. Montag explains to Faber how no one care about him, not the walls, not his wife because she listens to the walls," Nobody listens any more. I cant talk to the walls because they are yelling at me ... I just want some one to hear what I have to say" . Atthat point Faber tells Montag what is missing in Montag's life. He also tells him that it is not the books that Montag is missing, but three other things. Firstly, is "quality ofinformation" . Secondly is, "Leisure" . Thirdly and lastly is, "the right to carry out actions based on what we learn from interaction of the first two" .Faber changed Montag...

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