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Before Captain Beatty was killed, he was taunting Montag while Montag was holding a flamethrower, but did not have anything to defend himself with. Beatty knew Montag would kill him if he kept taunting Montag, so he kept on until it finally happened. Throughout the novel, Beatty seemed to be the bad guy who represented the evil side of society, but this reveals otherwise. Montag was doing what Beatty could not by defying society’s law against books. When Montag burned his own house down, that seemed to put Captain Beatty over the edge and accept the fact that Beatty was a coward who executed actions that he did not agree with. An additional important character in the novel is Professor Faber. Faber serves as a mentor to Montag in the book. He does not agree with the established rules of society, yet never personally takes action throughout the book. He describes this lifestyle in a conversation with Montag: “I’m one of the innocents who could have spoken up and out when no one would listen to the ‘guilty,’ but I did not speak and thus became guilty myself” (Bradbury 78). Faber looks back with regret on his earlier life when the ban on books began. He did not want to take action due to the fear that persecution would fall upon himself. Those experiences are what make Faber a good mentor to Montag; Faber has learned from them and is glad that Montag is not scared to do what Faber could not.
In this quotation Faber is encouraging Montag to take the risk of rising against societies standards, and informing him that if you “lose” on your way to a certain goal, remember that you were passionate about something that could make a difference in the way of society. In conclusion, Faber follows the expectations of society but in his mind he desperately wants to go against his actions and help to fight for books. His state of mind has not been affected by society as he is a well read individual, perceives society as uneducated and mindless, as well is capable of teaching Montag effectively.
Another person involved in the awaking of Montag’s conscious is Faber. Faber was previously a professor in English before their society decided to ban books. Faber still enjoyed literature but he could not let anyone else know or else he would be in trouble. Montag met Faber before in a
Faber is an English professor who encourages Montag to start reading books. Faber mention “’Do you know why books such as this are so important? Because they have quality’” (pg 83). Faber tells Montag that books are important because they have quality. He helps Montag to read and to understand why books are important. Also, Faber believe ‘”we do need knowledge… The books are to remind us what asses and fools we are’” (pg 86). Through Faber’s suggestions
As Montag develops as a character, Faber becomes crucial in helping him to clarify his thoughts, and in giving him direction. Faber is the guiding force of Montag's rebellion; Clarisse was the spark that lit the fire, and Faber helped to direct that fire in a more manageable and healthy direction. As Montag strives to read books, and to understand what their meaning is, he is confused, muddled and frustrated. He senses that they are important, but can't figure out how. At one point he is so frustrated while trying to read on the subway that on a whim, he drops by Faber's house, and pleads with him, “Nobody listens anymore...I just want someone to hear what I have to say...and I want you to teach me to understand what I read.” (82) Faber's voice from then on is in his ear, through the seashell, and Faber helps to tame Montag's thoughts, guide him in the right way, and interpret life as it comes at him. Overall, Faber plays the role of mentor, strengthener, clarifier, guide, friend and conscience. He is crucial to Montag's development and shows that fire represents thinking and new insight.
Montag stole a Bible and wanted to understand what it meant. Then he remembered that once he met an old professor named Faber. He went to Faber’s house to get guidance and ask questions. “I want you to teach me to understand what I read.” p. 78 Growing up in a society with no books, Montag never learned the basics of understanding what you read and interpretation, this is why he has many questions for a literate person like Faber, who lived when books were still legal, to answer. He is even more interested in the knowledge in books since he saw the old lady die for books. So meeting Faber was a positive experience for Montag. “I’ll be with you.” p. 87 With the modified seashell radios Faber made he can give Montag advice wherever he is and Montag can ask his questions whenever they pop into his head, so this is also a positive aspect of Faber. “I’ll see the unemployed printer, that much I can do.” p. 87 Faber knows many people Montag may need the help of. This is positive because the printer can help with Montag’s plan. His plan is to plant books in firemen’s houses and turn in an alarm against them to make them look bad and possibly get fired, lowering the fireman’s manpower. “I saw the ways the things were going, a long time back, I said nothing, I’m one of the innocents who could have spoken up and out when no one would listen to the “guilty”. But I did not speak up and thus became guilty myself.” (78) Faber explains that when
The consequence of this behavior could send Montag to prison, which Montag does not care about. After reading several books Montag talks with his close friend, Faber, and says to him "We have everything to be happy, but we're not happy" .What Montag tells Faber at that moment is really an expression of how he started analyzing more after starting reading books. Although Montag's love life changes and his view of society are changed too, this is not the only change Montag must admit. In the start of the book Montag is delighted in the work of burning illegal books and the homes of where they are found. However, as the book progresses, Montag becomes increasingly disgruntled, as he realizes that he has an empty, unfulfilling life. A point that shows that Montag in the start of the book is happy about his job is when he hangs up his helmet and shines it; hangs up his jacket neatly; showers luxuriously, and then, whistling walks across the upper floor.
Faber changed Montag from being a confused man, to an aware, thinking and analyzing person that is deferent from the society he lives in. after killing Beatty, the chief fireman at the station who has read many books and memorized most of them. Montag seeks Faber 's help again, he was confused did not know where to do to escape from the mechanical hound that was running after him. Faber tells Montag to go to the forest, where Montag rested and thought about what happened and whether he did the right thing or not. At the forest, Montag meets a group of men that was lead by Granger; an author who is the leader of a group that hopes to re-populate the world with books.
The power of books Therefore, through books, Montag becomes conscious of the monotony of his previous life, and now rebels against the very foundations of his society. Due to this intellectual illumination, Montag begins to acknowledge the details of the world around him, details he had once ignored: ‘”Bet I know something else you don’t. There’s dew on the grass this morning.”’As enlightenment dawns on Montag, he finally begins to realise the power within books (i.e. they hold the key to power through knowledge) and this is his ‘crime’ against society: ‘There must be something in books, things we can't imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house...’ Despite his newfound interest, Montag is still struggling to understand the concept of literature. Once again however, Montag is pushed in the right direction by Professor Faber. Under Faber’s guidance, Montag recognises that ‘There is nothing magical about [books] at all. The magic is only with what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment.’ This quote exemplifies the fact that although books are the combination of mere ink and paper, it is the beliefs and the knowledge within a book that are so incredibly powerful.
Throughout the novel, Montag evolves as a character, he slowly comes to grips with reality. He begins the story as a happy, content, and everyday member of society, and after a few choice interactions, begins to feel progressively unhappy. In search of a solution to this confusing and growing unhappiness, Montag becomes rebellious towards the value of the commonly accepted facts of his society. This is most clearly demonstrated by Montag’s opinion of books. As he slowly eases into reading books, Montag comes to the realization that despite him not knowing the meanings of the books he reads, they do have a profound and deep impact. Once
Faber opens Montag's eyes to the world around him and Montag comes to see how everyone around him is in a daze and is simply not living their lives. When Montag visits Faber to inquire about books and what they contain, Faber sates "I don't talk to things. I talk to the meaning of things. I sit here and I know I'm alive" (Bradbury 71). Faber's deep knowledge of books help him see life in ways that others cannot, and Montag hopes to obatin some of this knowledge. In fact Motag craves this knoweldge. He describes the sate of life he is currently in as numb. Montag firmly believes that "the numbness will go away...It'll take time, but I'll do it, or Faber will do it for me" (Bradbury 74). He wants the clarity that comes with knowledge. Montag's new found knowledge and a want for change is easily seen in the way that his views on fire changes. This is evident when Montag is forced to burn his own home. "He burnt the bedroom walls and the cosmetics chest because he wanted to change everything, the chairs, the tables, and in the dining room the silverware and the plastic dishes, everything that showed that he had lived here in this empty house with a strange woman...And as before, it was good to burn, he felt himself gush out in the fire, snatch, rend, rip in half with flame, and put away the senseless problem. If there was no solution, well then now there was no problem, either. Fire was best
Montag’s entire system of beliefs changes when Guy meets a couple of people with unique perspectives, Clarisse McClellan and Professor Faber. Clarisse McClellan is a seventeen year old girl who Montag met while walking down the street one night. She claims she is crazy and always seeks out the answers to questions that nobody else thinks to ask. Faber is an ex-professor who is old enough to have watched the decline of intellectual life in his country. Montag once met Faber in the park carrying a book of poetry on his person and quoting it. Nevertheless, Guy does not turn Faber in to the authorities for possession of a forbidden book, but keeps Faber’s personal information. These two people alter Montag’s perspective on the world and the stories concealed in it by the media and government. By the ending of the story, Montag transforms into a completely different person who, desiring more out of his life, discovers that he can save his burning society by bringing back books and poetry. Therefore, Montag changes throughout the course of the story by beginning to question authority and doubt the ways of his life and society. From the beginning to the ending, Montag transforms through the influence of the people in his life.
1 Aaron Mrs. MacDonald ENG 2D April 24, 2012 Guy Montag’s Change of Heart People always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. This is the case as well in Fahrenheit 451, the novel, written by Ray Bradbury, is the story that follows a normal man, Guy Montag, who lived
As Montag is becoming more and more rebellious, he finds a confidant in Faber. Faber was once a college professor but lost his job when things started to change and books were burned. Though he is somewhat of a coward who does not want to rebel due to the fact that he does not want to face the consequences, he is a big help to Montag as he evolves. Montag is forced to burn his own house down and it seems as if all is coming to an end. At