The most obvious example of a man vs. society conflict throughout the novel Fahrenheit 451 is Montag's struggle to educate himself and become an intellectual in Bradbury's dystopian society. In Bradbury's dystopian society, it is illegal to own books, which makes Montag a wanted man. He is forced to run and hide from the authorities throughout the novel because he possesses illegal books. The authoritarian government censures knowledge by burning books and sends the Mechanical Hound to track down Montag, who is on the run. Other characters throughout the novel also struggle against the dystopian society. Clarisse is treated as an outcast for her peculiar behavior and is kept under the close watch of authorities. Faber is forced to live an isolated life because he is an intellectual. Granger and his group of traveling intellectuals are also forced to live on the outskirts of society because they value and seek knowledge.