In Fahrenheit 451, how does Guy Montag exemplify and/or challenge the traditional dystopian protagonist?

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The traditional dystopian protagonist is unhappy with the civilization they live in and chooses to challenge the social and political systems of their society. Montag shares many similarities with traditional dystopian protagonists and exemplifies the anarchist character type. The quintessential dystopian protagonist is best portrayed by the character of Winston Smith from George Orwell's novel 1984. Montag, like Winston, is disenchanted with his society and initially feels hopeless. In both novels, the reader can identify with each protagonist. The audience feels sympathy for the protagonist and supports their efforts to change their dystopian society. Montag boldly decides to challenge society's norms by breaking several unjust laws. Like many traditional dystopian protagonists, Montag becomes an enemy of the state and needs to flee his society before being caught. Montag risking his life to find inner peace and express himself in a restrictive totalitarian society exemplifies the behavior and attitude of a traditional dystopian protagonist.