What motivates various characters in the novel Fahrenheit 451?

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Various characters are motivated by different factors throughout the novel Fahrenheit 451. Montag, the novel's protagonist, is motivated to find meaning in his life. He is fed-up with his mundane, superficial existence and searches to find meaning and happiness in his life. He quits his job and seeks intellectualism throughout the novel. Mildred, Montag's wife, is content with her emotionless, detached lifestyle. When her husband admits he's stolen books and attempts to persuade her in his search for meaning, she calls the fire department on him. Mildred is motivated to go back to living her normal lifestyle. Captain Beatty is motivated to uphold the government's censorship laws by continuing to burn books. He attempts to persuade Montag into believing that books are useless and controversial. Faber, the retired English teacher, is motivated to begin an intellectual revolution by moving to St. Louis to print copies of books. He is also motivated to help Montag understand various texts and escape the government forces throughout the novel. Granger and his band of intellectuals are motivated to preserve ideas, books, and knowledge. They hope that the knowledge they preserve will be the catalyst for a new intellectual movement when society is being rebuil

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