Examples Of Conformity In Fahrenheit 451

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From Statue to Phoenix Guy Montag is the protagonist and central character of the book, Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury that transforms from a conformist in a totalitarian society to rebuilding a society that reads books. Montag fits the cliché description of a good-looking male with “black hair, black brows…fiery face, and…blue-steel shaved but unshaved look.” (Bradbury, 33) For the past eight years he has burned books. He is a 3rd generation firefighter, who in the beginning of the story, loves his job, which consists of burning the homes of people who perform criminal acts of reading and keeping books in their homes. By understanding Montag’s relationships, discontentment, and future, one can begin to understand the complexities of Guy Montag. Montag is a conformist in the totalitarian society in which he lives. He, in the beginning of the story, loves his job. However, he is manipulated repeatedly by his nemesis, Captain Beatty. Captain Beatty is a manipulator who is expert in being able to aggravate Montag into a verbal duel that is basically one-sided. Montag and Captain Beatty seem to have a relationship where the boss is always trying to pin an untruth onto one of his employees. Montag becomes discontented at work. He becomes complacent by going through the motions by not really concentrating on the job at hand. Montag is married to Mildred Montag. They dated and were married when they were in their twenties and lived in Chicago. Mildred and Montag have a
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