During Clarisse and Montag’s first encountering, Clarisse asks, “Are you happy?” (Bradbury 10). The question Clarisse asked Montag motivates him to doubt about the meaning of his life and what he does as a firefighter. Clarisse’s interrogation revealed the absence of love, pleasure, and contentment in his life. Walking home after meeting Clarisse, Montag could not stop the inquiry of what he has done in the last ten years of being a fireman and why he does it. It encourages Montag to start his journey to find explanations of why the government wants their people to conform and the reasons behind burning books. This novel would not be able to function without the motivations of Clarisse towards
Within the many layers of Montag lay several opposite sides. For example, Montag is a fireman who burns books for a living but at home, spends time reading novels, poetry, and other written material. Although Montag could be called a hypocrite, he does not enjoy both the reading and the burning at the same time; he goes through a change that causes him to love books. Humans have the power to change and grow from one extreme to another, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. In addition, when Mildred is with Montag, Montag does not have feelings for her but thinks of her as she is killed by the bombs. He possesses both the knowledge that Mildred does not love him and the heart that truly cares, but he knows not how to deal with this. His feelings are oppressed; it takes a major event (the bomb) to jolt them from hibernation.
Firstly, Montag is influenced by Clarisse McClellan because she is the first person he has met that is not like the rest of the society. Clarisse is a young 17 year old girl that Montag quickly becomes very fond of. Clarisse influences Montag by the way she questioned Montag, the way she admires nature, and her death. Clarisse first influenced Montag by the way she began questioning him often. Her questions would make him think for himself unlike the rest of society. “Then she seemed to remember something and came back to look at him with wonder and curiosity. “Are you happy?” she said. “Am I what?” he cried. But she was gone- running in the moonlight” (Bradbury, 10). Clarisse was one of the only people that Montag had ever met that had ever asked him that. This question that she asked him influenced him because he thinks about, and Montag asks himself tha...
Early on in the book Montag meets a neighbor, by the name of Clarisse McClellan, a kindhearted teenager who likes conversations and is a very smart girl. Up to this point, Montag is content to continue living the way he has always lived. However, in a conversation with Clarisse, she asks him, “Are you happy?”. This sparks in Montag a question that he has never before felt. He has never asked questions or had thoughts of his own. Clarisse sees herself in a way that is different from society. She tells Montag what people think of her, “I'm antisocial, they say. I don't mix. It's so strange. I'm very social indeed”. Clarisse understands that there is more than one way to perceive something, she tells Montag that “It all depends on what you mean by social, doesn't it? Social to me means talking to you about things like this”.Clarisse has found that people only want to talk about what society wants them to. Clarisse speaks to Montag of his personal life, about being a fireman, to awaken Montag to think on his own and see the world for what it is. Clarisse sparks a huge change in Montag's life for the better. After Montag's meeting with Clarisse, he comes home to his wife unconscious on the floor.
Ray Bradbury introduces in his novel, Fahrenheit 451 (1953), a dystopian society manipulated by the government through the use of censored television and the outlaw of books. During the opening paragraph, Bradbury presents protagonist Guy Montag, a fireman whose job is to burn books, and the society he lives in; an indifferent population with a extreme dependence on technology. In Bradbury’s novel, the government has relied on their society’s ignorance to gain political control. Throughout the novel, Bradbury uses characters such as Mildred, Clarisse, and Captain Beatty to show the relationships Montag has, as well as, the types of people in the society he lives in. Through symbolism and imagery, the audience is able to see how utterly unhappy
The first event that results in Montag becoming a dynamic character is his conversations with Clarisse McClellan. She is seventeen, and people consider her insane and anti-social. She is considered anti-social, because she is talkative and expressive. In Bradbury’s made up world, the meaning of social is staring at the parlor walls (large TV screens), and having no thought at all. Clarisse is very different from the rest: “I rarely watch the ‘parlor walls’ or go to races or Fun Parks. So I’ve lots of time for crazy thoughts, I guess. Have you seen the two-hundred-foot-long billboards in the country beyond town? Did you know that once the billboards were only twenty feet long? But cars started rushing by so quickly they even had to stretch the advertising out so it would last” (pg.7).Clarisse’s enthusiastic and cheerful disposition lightens Montag’s attitude, making him a more optimistic person. He is not so closed-minded anymore, and he learns to be himself, and sometimes care free. Montag learns to see the brighter side of things and believe in him...
Clarisse said she found it strange that Montag is a fireman and is nice to her she saw it weird for a fireman to be like that. This statement is when Montag has a journey of development in the story. Then there is also the fact that Montag begins to ask questions more or even think about things he normally wouldn't think about. (Bradbury pg19) It is when Montag begins questioning things that he begins to get suspicious about what are really in books that the government doesn't want them to
At the beginning of the novel, Montag, like everyone else, strays from the unknown and what he does not understand, and by burning books he pleases the ignorant. He has a position of authority and never questioned his job. Until Montag meets a peculiar girl who is not afraid of him named Clarisse McClellan. Clarisse irritates Montag at first because she asks deep questions to the way the world is and makes statements about his life. Clarisse’s love of nature, people, and the way the world used to be is strange. Forced to go to a psychiatrist for strange behaviors she does, such as
Following his first encounter with Clarisse he finds his wife Mildred has overdosed when he returns home. Calling the emergency hotline he has two people sent over with no medical experience with a machine that exchanges her blood with others. The next day reporting to a call Montag and the other firman burn a elderly lady to death after she choose to stay with her books rather than retreating out of the building. Soon after this dramatic event Montag hears that Clarisse had been hit and killed by a speeding car. He then unknowingly, beings to look for something to make him content with life, and figures if a woman is willing to get burned alive then live without books, that there must be something in them that is worth reading.
Clarisse is Montag’s first mentor in his journey; she is the one who first opens his eyes to the world around him, as well as asking the ultimate question “Are you happy?” (7) To which Montag cried “Am I what?” He never gave whether he was actually, truly happy a real, legitimate thought in his entire life. He just woke up, ate breakfast, went to work, ate lunch, went home, ate dinner, and went to sleep; and all with a big grin fixed on his face. But now, after a bit of consideration he came to the realization that “He was not happy…. He wore his happiness like a mask and the girl had run off across the lawn with the mask a...
Once Montag met Clarisse it made the story come to the point of foreshadowing Montag later feelings in the story. Clarisse was a young teenage girl that had an imagination bigger than Montag could understand. “I’m inclined to believe you need the psychiatrist,” said Montag. (pg.21). that shows Montag indeed agree with others think about her too. Montag was in the state of mind that she was crazy and out of the ordinary. When Clarisse made comments about his wellbeing that made Montag really think about how he feels inside. “And my wife thirty and yet you seem so much older at times. I can’t get over it “Montag says to Clarisse. That means he think she is more advanced to her age.
In the end of the book we learn that the city Montag once lived in has been destroyed. It’s here where we get the end result of Montag, the man who once took special pleasure in destroying books now takes pleasure in preserving them. If not for Clarisse who opened his eyes to the truth through questioning life, or Faber who revealed the truth and magic in the books, and Granger who taught Montag how to preserve the books Montag could have very well been a victim of his cities destruction. It’s clear that Montag was heavily influenced by these three Individuals changing him from a once law abiding citizen of the futuristic government to a refugee of the law discovering reasons worth fighting for regardless of outcome.
Montag finds himself starting to grow fascinated with Clarisse and her eccentric idea’s. He hopes that when he gets off work ...
When society has individuality there is a say in what they feel about certain aspects of life, whether it is good or bad. Clarisse McClellan is a great example of individuality she shows in the novel. She “liked to smell things and look at things, and sometimes stay up all night, walking and watching the sun rise” (Bradbury 5). Her curiosity and questioning made her different than the others, thinking was her specialty and Montag saw her as strange. While she talks to Montag she tells him “You're not like the others. I've seen a few; I know. When I talk, you look at me. When I said something about the moon, you looked at the moon, last night. The others would never do that. The others would walk off and leave me talking. Or threaten me”, she saw something in Montag that showed how he was willing to be like her, different (Bradbury 21). Her character is peaceful; she doesn’t like violence or TV like the others. She’s able to ask questions to Montag about his job, “How long’ve you worked at being a fireman?” (Bradbury 5). Montag then develops a sense of individuality and curiosity of what she has to say. She does not try to convince Montag to think the way she thinks, instead Clarisse shows him that thinking out side the box can be an option for him to chose, not knowing that she has pushed him towards a new decision. Clarisse is a great influence towards Montag’s