F451 Essay

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Montag's Changes

Fahrenheit 451 is a book written by Ray Bradbury in 1953. This book is in the future and is about a society that has outlawed books, people called Firemen burn books if they know you have them. The main character, Montag, is a fireman but is curious about books and starts to steal them from houses and read them. In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury presents that literacy is needed though society may not think so.

In the beginning of Fahrenheit 451, Montag thinks that books are bad and he likes to burn them, but as he learns more, he changes. Montag originally liked fire because "It was a pleasure to burn" (Bradbury 1). Montag was the same as everyone else in his society and thought books were bad and lived a boring life. Montag was married to a woman named Mildred, even though they did not like each other and slept in different beds.

Montag was so unhappy with his relationship with Mildred; he asked her "When did we meet? And where?" (Bradbury 40). If you were in a happy relationship, which Montag is not, you would remember where and when you met. In Montag's society everyone is like this, they look happy on the outside, but on the inside, they are miserable. As a result of this and other factors, Montag starts to change.

These are positive and negative changes, he starts to get a mind of his own and stop listening to what society tells him, but he also does some bad things. One of the reasons for Montag's change is a talk with a young girl named Clarisse, they talked about how "long ago foremen put out fires" (Bradbury 6). From this point in the novel, Montag starts to move away from society...