Montag's identity or character is established through his voice. This is the personality that his conversation with others and the thoughts inside his head reveal. His voice shows him to be a serious, intense person who throws himself fully into his endeavors.
Montag is not one to be light-hearted. We never see him hanging around, for example, having a beer and laughing with friends. Life for him is a serious business. For example, even though he is pleased with Clarisse from the start, he asks if she has any respect for him because of the questions she asks:
"Haven't you any respect?"
He expects to be treated with dignity as adult, and he expects Clarisse to know her place as a teenager.
At the start of the novel, Montag's energy and intensity are absorbed in performing his job as a fireman burning books with all the pride and professionalism he can muster. However, as he thinks about Clarisse, Mildred's suicide attempt, and the actual suicide of a woman whose books the firemen burn, his...
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