Book: Fahrenheit 451, By Ray Bradbury Title: Comparison Between Montag And Myself

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As readers and writers we all may be reflected or even contrasted to one or many characters from any novel. This character could have gone through the quandaries we are facing right now, or ones that we have faced. Every character has a challenge or enigma to face, as we do too. In Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, I reflect upon the character Montag the most. As many people say the eyes are a window to the soul, and what I interpreted through Montag’s eyes was uncannily similar to that of my own.To start, Guy Montag was the central character in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451. He made his living as a fireman in a futuristic American city, but not as a fireman who put fires out. Instead, he was the one who started them, but only to burn books. In his society, it was illegal to read books and the people who did read were prosecuted and jailed. In the beginning of the novel, Montag met a girl named Clarisse McClellan. She was his new neighbor and met him randomly when he was coming home from work. Although she only talked to him for 3 minutes and were extreme opposites, she had reflected upon him greatly. For the same reason, in a quote Montag said:“Impossible; for how many people did you know who refracted your own light to you? People were often “[…]” torches, blazing away until they whiffed out. How rarely did other people’s faces take of you and throw back to you your own expression, your own innermost trembling thought?” (page 11)This similar event occurred to me as I read about Montag and how he talked with other people. For example, when he was talking with Clarisse, they were talking about what firemen did in the past: “Is it true that long ago firemen put fires out instead of going to start them? No. Houses have always been fireproof, take my word for it. Strange. I heard once long ago houses burned by accident and they needed firemen to stop the flames” (page 8). In this quote, Montag showed that whatever he said was right and made the other person think it was right. This is what I did when I talked in a conversation with other people. I objected to their opinion and tried to make them think my opinion was actually a fact as Montag had done with Clarisse.For other reasons, I felt deep empathy for Montag because his actions were being controlled by his boss. If he did not do something his boss said his job and even life would have been in jeopardy. For example, his job was burning books, if he did not burn a book, there would have been a conundrum, and there would be a conspiracy of him trying to revolt against burning books. This also would have led to the workers and his boss to think that he reads books at home. So, basically his job was throwing his life into the hands of someone else. I felt this empathy for Montag because I put myself in other people’s shoes and saw how life was on the other side.On the other hand, Montag and I also shared few contrasts. For example, one contrast...

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