Although in chapter one it appears on the surface that Guy Montag has fully bought into his society’s self-absorbed values and materialistic ways, a series of events reveal that deep down, he hates it all. His soul longs for a deeper, more meaningful existence, which is why he is so open to change.
The first, critical motivator for this is his meeting with the neighbor girl, Clarisse, who asks him hard questions about his happiness (or lack thereof) and his job as a fireman/book burner. "’Do you ever read any of the books you burn?’” Although he appears shocked at her questions, which are really more suggestions, his realization that he is not happy causes him to begin questioning everything, until finally he steals a book during a call. This would appear to be a turning point for Montag, except we learn that this is actually not the first book he’s confiscated—evidence that he was changing before the start of the novel.
Although Millie’s suicide attempt does have an impact...
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