In the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the main character Guy Montag is a firefighter that burns books in a futuristic dystopian society. We learn in the beginning of the book that the country has many social problems like how citizens don’t interact with each other, depend heavily on technology, and don’t read books.The government in this society have outlawed books and if an individual is found reading one they would be persecuted as a criminal . Also as a result of a dystopian society many people suffer severe depression and suicide is a very common occurrence.As the book goes along we are introduced to new characters, Clarisse and Faber, that change Montag’s outlook on life and society as a whole.
Montag in the beginning of the book enjoys his job as a firefighter and even shows how much he enjoys by saying, “It was a pleasure to burn.It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed.”(1) One day when Montag is at work ,his firehouse receives a call that somebody has been hiding illegal books in their and that they need to come to destroy them. Upon arrival the firefighters approach the house and are met by a lady that is trying to defend her books.She tells them that she is not willing to leave and would rather burn with her books than let them go.
After a short period of time the team decided to set the entire house on fire and burn the woman alive since they didn’t have the patience to deal with the lady.As the flames died down Montag was forever scarred and finally starts to question why someone would die for books and if what he does as a job is morally right. Also in the beginning of the book we are introduced to Clarisse McClellan, a seventeen year old girl, that helps Montag realize his inner sadness.Clarisse was basically Montag’s only friend.She teaches him that it’s okay to be different and have your own opinions.
Later on in the story Clarisse was hit by a speeding car and dies,which makes Montag extremely sad. In the middle of the story we are introduced to Faber, a retired English teacher, that also helps Montag realize his problems.The first problem that Montag realizes is that he really doesn’t love his wife Mildred because he thought of what he would do if she died and he realized he wouldn’t be sad if she had died.
Faber introduces Montag to books and the importance of them.Montag eventually has a stash of illegal books which to him were more important than his wife Mildred .We also learn that Mildred cares more about her Television and friends more than Montag.One day Montag decides not to go to work and accidentally breaks Mildreds T.
V,so she calls the fire department on Montag because she knew about his secret stash of books.Now in the end of the Montag has finally realized that people in the society are all blind to its problems and people only care about themselves.At the final part of the book Faber introduces Montag to a group of book reading rebels and escape into the forest to live peacefully. With in the book Fahrenheit 451 Guy Montag experiences many traumatic events that will change his life forever. First Montag has to see a completely innocent woman die because she likes to read books .Then Montag’s only source of friendship and happiness is gone. Lastly, Montag’s wife betrays him because of ruining her T.
V. Now at the end of the book, he realizes his problems and escapes them by finding peace in his books with people who support his interests.He is now happy while the society that he lived in is going through a massive war. He is also unaffected by the war because everyone that he knew wasn’t really important to him because he knew that they only cared about themselves and not him.