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What is Montag's job, and how does he feel about it?

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og7493 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 30, 2009 at 12:52 PM via web

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What is Montag's job, and how does he feel about it?

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chicagorilke23 | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted November 30, 2009 at 2:21 PM (Answer #1)

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Montag's job in Fahrenheit 451 is that of a fireman. He is charged with the task of burning books. This act is done in the hopes of calming the masses by eliminating material that may drive them to express themselves in a negative manner. At the beginning of the novel, Montag does not mind his job; he just does what he is told without question.

Then after meeting a young woman named Clarisse, he begins to change. She questions his role as firefighter which causes him to question what he does for a living. Montag soon realizes that everyone is dulled into a false sense of happiness. This is achieved through the removal of the things which could stimulate people mentally and so forth, namely the books he is burning at work.

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