Fahrenheit

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Ray Bradbury is a master of characterization techniques. He uses his expertise, such as indirect characterization, in the creation of Fahrenheit 451. In addition to learning about the explicit qualities of Bradbury’s characters, readers receive deeper insight as we carefully read his stories. In Fahrenheit 451, we learn more indirect information about the protagonist, Guy Montag, through the words used to introduce this character. We have a clear view of Montag’s thoughts and feelings that lead him into his own transformation.

When the novel begins, we learn that Montag’s values are similar to that of the society he lives in. The culture in which Montag is accustomed to is one without cogitation or analysis. Their society believes that
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Montag believes there must be a reason why she was willing to die for her books. Mildred shows no interest and goes to the extent of saying she “hates” Mrs.Blake.

After using Clarisse to begin Montag’s transformation, Bradbury uses Professor Faber to further develop Montag’s change into individuality. Montag met Faber in a park years before and remembers him when he begins to read the books he has been stealing from the fires. He was an English professor. Montag meets with Faber and agrees to plant books in the homes of firemen so that the firemen will get arrested and there will be no one to enforce the anti-book laws. Faber gives Montag a radio device that fits in his ear and looks like a seashell, the common radio every person has. As Montag leaves, he says, “I’m not thinking. I’m just doing like I’m told, like always. You said get the money and I got it. I didn’t really think of it myself. When do I start working things out on my own?” Faber replies that Montag has already “taken the next step.” Not only is he questioning and enduring by others’ answers, he wants to compose his own ideas and observations.

The next step for Montag is becoming a leader. After joining the book people outside of the city and the nuclear explosion, they start to return to the scene of the destruction. Montag is in a different position than before, he is now leading: “Montag began walking and after a moment found that the others had fallen in behind him,

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