Analysis Of Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury Essay

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A criminal in one world and a saint in another; so which is it? In the novel Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury shows the readers how Montag slowly changes from an ordinary man to an individual unlike any other. But was his drastic transformation for the better? Unfortunately, Montag struggles to find his own path in his everyday life, his poor judgement constantly leading him into unnecessary chaos. With Montag’s inferior traits and intentions, Bradbury presents his main character as a careless and unacceptable individual.
Although Montag mainly shows cruelty and selfishness throughout the novel, he does attempt to help others. Guy Montag’s influence on Faber shows itself when Faber admits, “I feel alive for the first time in years” (Bradbury 131). Faber was not true to himself for many years and finally was able to feel joy. And for Clarisse, who says, “social to me means talking to you about things like this” (29). Clarisse who is queer compared to others, did not have many peers of her own age to socialize with. However, Montag is quick tempered and does not stop to think before he acts. He lacks self-control which leads him to disasters. Montag’s impulsiveness is shown when he shows Mildred’s friends a book: “Montag was gone and back in a moment with a book in his hand” (97). Montag allows the words of her friends to get to his head and in a quick second he exposed their secret. A secret so tremendous it could put him and his wife’s lives in jeopardy. Except, Montag…

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