In the novel Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag is a dynamic main character whose dreams and philosophy of life develop and evolve throughout his journey. At the start of the story, Montag is a proud, third-generation fireman and a model of blue-collar professionalism in his society. He is a rule follower and enforcer who relishes his responsibility to maintain order by blazing all illegal books.
Over the course of the story, Montag gradually becomes dissatisfied with his monotonous and mundane marriage. He sparks up a friendship with his neighbor, Clarisse McClellan, and through this relationship discovers that his current existence as a rule follower and rule keeper in this dystopia is a joyless one. Montag envies Clarisse’s love for and fascination with nature, and he begins secretly reading books, developing an appreciation for the beauty of differing opinions and discourse.
Through this awakening, Montag’s view of his career shifts drastically. He becomes obsessed with the Book of...
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