Fahrenheit 451: Montag and Society
Curious, baffled, lonesome and bewildered are some of the words that can be used to describe Person Montag in Ray Bradbury’s unique on dystopian society, Fahrenheit 451. The protagonist, Montag, roaming away from the standards of society as he finds a space in his life that can be filled with books. Unlike the rest of society, he represents numerous lost suitables such as compassion, desire for understanding and a requirement for the company of another. On the other hand, Montag likewise represents a few of the perfects of the dystopian society in which he operates; impatience and unidentifiable discontent among others.
He represents the spirits of the essential firefighter and the ultimate dissident covered in up in one mad who can not choose who he is. For most of the unique, Guy Montag is an intermediate step between the ignorant book-burners and the educated rebels. From his own account, Montag looks like the remainder of the fireman. Not only does he have the specified jaw-line and dark hair to be a fireman, Montag is doing a favor to the general public by burning books. He’s been in the profession for over ten years, feels wrong about what he is doing, however continues burning literature.
At this moment, he can be thought about unsympathetic fees to the reality that he has continued to ruin houses and lives for a decade without caring. Like much of society, Montag is discontent however fails to acknowledge why and eradicate the issue. This is rather similar to Mildred’s issue. Trying suicide numerous times, Mildred declines to handle the internal conflict that haunts her on a daily basis; she continues living life like any other female in society. Montag also continues a facade of normalcy by assuming he likes his spouse and burning books without concern, while everything slowly gnaws at him.
He can likewise be considered blind, like much of society. For much of the novel, Montag did not know why he was burning books besides the fact that it was his task. He remains oblivious as to why he is doing and continues to do it. Montag likewise seems to have an incorrect complacency about his understanding, exposing lack of knowledge of reality. Throughout the game with Clarisse in the rain, she teases that Montag is not in love. Montag replies “I am quite in love. I am!” (Bradbury 22). Prior to that discussion, Montag also affirms his joy by stating “Happy!
Of all the nonsense […] Naturally I more than happy. What does she believe she is?” (Bradbury 10). This shows his naivete on his point of view of life because at further assessment among his ideas, Montag recognizes he is neither delighted nor in love. He appeared so protected of his position on life that he failed to understand the brevity of truth approaching on him. Montag seems to be a content guy, protected in the understanding that he is doing his civic task by spraying stacks of books with kerosene, and then setting them on fire and ignoring his problems, just like the rest of society.
After fulfilling Clarisse, Montag questioned his quality of life which started a snowball effect to his liberation from society. He recognizes the requirement for companionship, which is what makes Montag think that he remains in love. Frequently quiet, Montag feels a need for compassion, which makes him clings onto Faber and Clarisse. He can not talk to his own wife because she is too busy engaging with a household that is two-dimensional. Slowly, Montag starts to see the flaws in society. He understands the ignorance expressed by individuals; it compels him to tell Clara Phelps his outlook on life.
Asserting, Montag screams “I have actually constantly stated poetry and tears, poetry and suicide and crying and horrible feelings, poetry and illness; all mush! Now I have actually had it showed to me” (Bradbury 101). It expresses numerous facets of Montag’s character that different him from the rest of society. He is curious and courageous in his quest for knowledge. Otherwise, Montag would have never taken such a huge danger in order to learn if poems stir up something within a next-door neighbor. Montag is among the few individuals in society that presents any sort of human emotion.
Surprised was the only method to explain him after hearing of Clarisse’s death, whereas Mildred refused to discuss dead individuals. Gazing at the woman who burned himself, Montag was horrified whereas the other firefighter continued happily. An ability to believe for himself was likewise widespread in his personality. Thinking about the amount of impact the media uses F. 451’s society, Montag might have simply as quickly been wrapped up in the mob mindset of the evil in literature. Instead, he followed his heart, which constantly told him what he was doing was incorrect.
It allowed him to understand the incorrect in burning books, eventually assisting him to escape. The good and the bad in society are represented by Montag. He is puzzled yet he has a particular comfort. Unlike society, he still had traces of human feeling though he burned down homes for ten years with no avail. In addition, Montag was one of the few people that acknowledged the need for books in society which might be his greatest difference from society. The novel displays a transition of Montag from what society has bread him to be, into who Montag really is. In a robotic society, he slowly ends up being a person.