Character Analysis of Guy Montag

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Johntay Fuller
Ms. Fleming & Ms. Humes
November 20, 2012
Character analysis of Guy Montag
“If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.” This quote by Juan Ramon Jimenez means that sometimes rules are meant to be broken and sometimes rules are not always for the betterment of society. Rules give us structure, but they can hinder our humanity towards one another. The book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is about a dystopian society where books are burned and outlawed. Guy Montag, a fireman, comes along, and he learns about a past where people were not afraid to read and break laws and learns this all cause of a girl named Clarisse McClellan, then he meets a man named Faber who teaches him how to understand books. Then
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Guy was talking to his wife, Mildred about burning the old lady with her books and how it affected him. He was disturbed by it; it made him sick. “You weren’t there, you didn’t see, 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” (48). Guy was deeply affected by this experience. The thought makes him sick but it also makes him curious. He now wants to read books to see why the old lady was willing to die with her books. He imagines there must be something really important that people didn’t want anyone to know, so that’s why they burn books. As a result of this Guy begins to gain humanity because he now understands what it feels like to fight for something you believe in—not burning books.
Guy Montag is a round character because he changes from a fireman who burns books to stopping others from burning books. He goes to Faber’s house so he can help him understand what’s in books. They talk about helping others understand books because they don’t like the society they live in. “I don’t know. We have everything we need but aren’t happy. Something’s missing. I’ve looked around. The only thing I positively knew was gone was the books I’d burn in ten or twelve years. So I thought books might help” (78). This quote shows that Guy Montag wants to change and learn
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