How would you characterise Guy Montag from the novel Fahrenheit 451?Please tke the whole novel as base.

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Doug Stuva eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Montag in Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 is trapped, smothered, and anesthetized in the early pages of the novel.  At least for the most part.  He doesn't feel much of anything, and even says himself, when he finally tries to read, that he is incapable of doing so.  He can't understand and follow the meaning of the words. 

But curiosity and dissatisfaction, present in a small way in Montag early on, are awakened in him by Clarisse, his wife's overdose, the "acting up" of the mechanical hound, memories of his first meeting with Faber, etc.  His curiosity and dissatisfaction with his marriage, society, and his life come to dominate Montag's thoughts, and he pulls himself out of his lethargy.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would characterize him mostly as a thinking and feeling man who has a conscience.  All of these are characteristics that must have been innate to him but must have been sort of dormant during the time before the book starts.

We can see that he feels because he is very upset by the time that his wife, Millie, nearly kills herself.  In his time, it would not be strange if he hadn't cared -- after all, Millie herself didn't.

He is a thinking man -- that is shown as he tries to search for answers.  He wonders what is missing in his society.

Finally, he has a conscience because he wants to help the rest of society realize what he has realized.