Theme Of Character Development In Fahrenheit 451

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In the dystopian novel, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Guy Montag is a fireman whose job is not to extinguish fires, but to produce them by burning books. Montag’s inner self has greatly transformed throughout the book and his perception of his surroundings has also transformed. Bradbury did a great job at presenting to the readers how the main character has developed throughout the book, but how has this development answered the question: Why is literature important? The author uses character development to answer the question by showing the readers another society and how the characters adapt to it, and by also opening the reader’s brain to different conditions other people go through and how the reader can connect to it. Bradbury uses character development to reveal the differences between the society in the book and the society the reader is in and how the characters either adapt themselves to it or not. While reading this novel, the reader observes that Montag is one of the only characters who changes from the beginning of the book to the end of the book. The reader realizes that the primary reason why Montag alters throughout the book is because of the society he is placed in. In the beginning of the book, Montag was a fireman in a dystopian society who did not pay much attention to his career. He just did what he was told and didn't ask any questions. “It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed”
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