Character Analysis Of Guy Montag

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This novel, Fahrenheit 451, was written and published by Ray Bradbury in 1953. This novel is set in a dull, unnamed suburban city. The time is set in the future, around the year 2050. This futuristic world is without books, or at least that is the goal of the government. Throughout this novel, many moods are expressed. This book is both gloomy and passionate. The main character in this novel, as well as the protagonist, is Guy Montag. He is a dynamic character, which means he changes a lot throughout the novel. He is angry, sad, and confused, yet at the same time, he is cocky and full of himself. Montag is a 30 year old third-generation firefighter. He loved his job until he met Clarisse. Clarisse is a seventeen year old girl that sees the best in everything. She loves nature and loves to talk, but sometimes it’s hard for her. Clarisse states, “‘Sometimes I’m ancient. I’m afraid of children my own age”’ (27). She doesn’t like talking to people of her own age because they don’t understand her. She is curious and has a lot of questions to ask the world, just like Montag. Clarisse makes Montag go into deep thought, just like another character, Beatty. Captain Beatty is the rude, stuck up antagonist in the book. He is the head firechief, Montag’s boss. Beatty is well educated, he just doesn’t want to admit it. Beatty doesn’t want all the book knowledge that he has. Beatty said, “‘At least once in his career, every fireman gets an itch. What do the books say, he wonders… I’ve had to read a few in my time, to know what I was about, and the books say nothing!’” (59). Beatty is an intelligent man, he just doesn't want to acknowledge it. In this novel you can tell every important thing happens for a reason. In the beginning of the book, Montag meets the wonderful young girl Clarisse. When they meet she talks about how “crazy” she is, but she really isn’t crazy at all. She just likes to read, but no one can ever know that. At the end of their conversation on the first day they met, she asked him if he was really happy. Montag replied with, “of course I’m happy. What does she think? I’m not?” (8). He might think he’s happy, but everyone else knows that’s not the case. Soon after that,

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