Farenheit 451: Character Analysis, Plot Summary, General Analysis, and Alternate Ending

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Guy Montag

Guy is a new-age fireman who suddenly realizes that his life is meaningless and starts to search for significances in books. He is set on breaking free of the bonds of oppression and quickly bonds with anyone who seems that they could befriend him.

Mildred Montag

Montag's frail wife, Mildred, never wishes to indulge in a conversation with her husband about their failing marriage. Her suicide attempts, childish manner, and obsession with television only complicate their marriage.

Captain Beatty

Beatty is the well-read captain of Montag's new-age fire department. Conversely, Beatty despises books and the people who harbor them and is deceitfully perceptive.

Clarisse McClellan

Clarisse is an extremely happy seventeen-year-old girl who happens upon Montag and introduces him to the world's happiness. Her abnormal hobbies make her an outcast from society.

Professor Faber

Montag met Faber, a retired English professor, a year before the start of the novel.

Faber posses few books and feels that his cowardice has led society to book burning.


Granger is the leader of the "Book People," a vagrant society of book aficionados who intend on preserving literature. He confides in the perseverance of the human spirit and is, himself, extremely intelligent.


In a futuristic American city, Guy Montag is a fireman. This society's firemen start fires instead of putting them out. The firemen are responsible for the destruction of books. People here do not read books or enjoy nature; they drive excessively fast cars and watch abnormal amounts of television.

Immediately after the exposition of the novel, Montag meets a confident but gentle girl. This girl, Clarisse McClellan, takes pleasure in asking arbitrary yet incisive question. Montag stops to listen to these questions and the soon the girl's love of nature and people opens Montag's eyes. In the...