Ray Bradbury 's Fahrenheit 451

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In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury incorporates people and events to change Montag’s character through the course of the story. He uses characterization making Montag switch perspectives. Ray Bradbury uses this book to reveal how much Montag can change.
Although many think that the first conversation with Clarisse was just a moment to meet each other, it was also the first moment in the book where Montag took time to think and imagine, sparking his transformation. "So many people are. Afraid of firemen, I mean. But you 're just a man, after all..." He saw himself in her eyes... Her face, turned to him now, was fragile milk crystal with a soft and constant light in it. It was not the hysterical light of electricity but-what? But the strangely comfortable and rare and gently flattering light of the candle. One time, when he was a child, in a power-failure, his mother had found and lit a last candle and there had been a brief hour of rediscovery, of such illumination that space lost its vast dimensions and drew comfortably around them, and they, mother and son, alone, transformed, hoping that the power might not come on again too soon ....” (3). In this moment Montag was able to juxtaposition Clarisse and a light to give the reader a hint of what Montag, a fireman is able to do.
A bit deeper in the story, Montag got in a fight with his wife about his job. Ray Bradbury states "’Thought!’ he said. ‘Was I given a choice? My grandfather and father were firemen. In my sleep, I ran

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