What are three main events of Fahrenheit 451?

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The first main event that takes place in Part One of the novel happens when Montag meets his charismatic, insightful teenage neighbor, Clarisse McClellan. She is a magnetic, intuitive young girl, who shares her unique view of the world and asks Montag if he is happy. Clarisse's question is the catalyst that motivates Montag to begin analyzing his life. Montag realizes that he is not happy and begins to search for answers.

Another main event in the novel takes place in Part Two after Montag has an enlightening meeting with Professor Faber. Faber gives Montag the green bullet and he heads home, where Mildred and her two friends are watching the parlour walls. Montag is filled with anger and desires to teach the women a lesson by turning off the parlour walls and reading poetry aloud. After Montag reads "Dover Beach" by Matthew Arnold to Mildred, Mrs. Phelps, and Mrs. Bowles, the women burst into tears and end up calling in an alarm on him.

In Part Three, Montag's decision to shoot and kill Captain Beatty using a flamethrower is considered another main event in the story. The moment Montag kills Captain Beatty, he becomes a dangerous fugative and is forced to flee the dystopian city while the authorities chase him. Montag narrowly escapes the Hound by also shooting it with the flamethrower and manages to travel to Faber's home, where the professor gives him directions to flee the city and meet up with a group of hobo intellectuals.

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The first major event in the novel comes when Montag meets Clarisse; her unconventional words and thoughts spur real thinking in him, making him wonder about his role in life. Montag begins to wonder how a person like Clarisse can be so different, and yet he feels a deep connection with her.

The second major event comes as Montag returns home from work; he finds his wife Mildred passed out on the floor from a pill overdose and calls emergency services. He wonders if it was intentional, and if so, why; what is it about her life, seemingly so perfect, that caused her to try and commit suicide? This event, along with the first, breaks Montag from his placid conformity.

A third major event comes when Montag goes to burn a houseful of books; the women inside refuses to leave, and rather than submit to the government-sanctioned burning, lights a match and burns herself along with the books:

Montag gasped.

The woman on the porch reached out with contempt for them all, and struck the kitchen match against the railing.
(Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, Google Books)

This so disturbs Montag's view of his life that he becomes ill; with that, he becomes detached from society's norms and starts to rebel in earnest, showing his books to Mildred and reading aloud to guests.

There are quite a few other major events, but these three early events are the most important in setting the stage and starting the rising action of the novel.

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