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I think that what is important about Montag is the fact that he symbolizes the possibility of human and societal redemption. He is part of the government's effort to stamp out books and thinking and yet he becomes involved in trying to recreate a more human way of life both for himself and his society. I think that he gives us hope that people and societies can mend their ways and redeem themselves.
Primarily, Montag is the hero/protagonist of Bradbury's novel, so thats the first reason/cause of his 'importance'. Then, secondly, he represents in my opinion, a sort of 'dystopian everyman' who lives in a nightmare scenario but wishes to be out of it too; and fnally, as pohnpei397 states above, he as protagonist and everyman, emerges as a symbol of hope and redemption, and even more than that possibly, as a budding voice of dissent and revolt.
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