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Guy Montag -- why is he important?whats so imporant about Guy Montag

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notesarehelpful | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 4, 2012 at 12:46 PM via web

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Guy Montag -- why is he important?

whats so imporant about Guy Montag

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 4, 2012 at 2:10 PM (Answer #2)

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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.

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iklan100 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted September 4, 2012 at 2:26 PM (Answer #3)

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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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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 30, 2012 at 4:11 PM (Answer #4)

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Montag is the protagonist of the novel, and the main character. We explore his world through his eyes. In his community, he is important because he is a fireman. Instead of putting out fires, he starts them. He burns books because they are outlawed in his society.

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