Set It Free- character change throughout "Fahrenheit 451".

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Throughout "Fahrenheit 451", by Ray Bradbury, many characters change. Three major characters that change are: Montag, a fireman who thought he had all that he ever wanted; Beatty, a respected captain of the fire department; and Faber, a retired English professor. The futuristic society that the characters live in is very boring, and everyone is the same. It is against the law to own or read a book, and if a book is found, it must be burnt. The people do not think independently or have intellectual conversations. The changes of the characters during the book show us that it was written in a novel of character style.

The main character, Guy Montag, seems to have a lot of faith in his profession and his life. His faith begins to decline when he meets a young girl whom opens his perspective on their culture. Montag, who was once confident, seems confused and in search of answers to his life in books.

Montag is shocked when he comes home from work, where he saw an old woman die rather give up her books. "There must be something in books, things we can't imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don't stay for nothing" (51). He feels like there must be something that he is missing and is in search of. Montag is extremely confused. He used to feel that he had everything, but he still doesn't feel complete and happy. "I don't know. We have everything we need to be happy, but we aren't happy. Something's missing. I looked around. The only thing I positively knew was gone was the books I'd burned in ten or twelve years. So I thought books might help" (82). He reaches the point of no...