“One person’s craziness is another person’s reality”- Tim Burton. In the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the protagonist Guy Montag learns this as the book progresses. In the beginning of the book, he comes across situations that he finds preposterous, like the suggestion of reading books. In the end of the book, those unhinged ideas become his reality. As the book advances, we get glimpses of how Montag’s thoughts of society change. Guy Montag goes through a special character transformation throughout the book, starting as a loyal fireman and ending up as a book-reading rebel.
At the beginning of the book Fahrenheit 451, Montag is a loyal citizen and firemen, who has rarely questioned the beliefs of society. He sees the world as any ordinary citizen (in this society) would, and is perfectly content with seeing flames eat the words and thoughts of a person. Montag would never question society as he “grinned the fierce grin of all men singed and driven back by flame” (Bradbury 3). This means that he did not really feel the emotions that he should have felt, and was blinded by society. He felt he was doing good for society, even though he had no evidence except for the book the firemen read from to learn about their profession. The quote “Established, 1790, to burn English-influenced books in the Colonies. First Fireman: Benjamin Franklin. Rule 1. Answer the alarm swiftly. 2. Start the fire swiftly. 3. Burn everything. 4. Report back to firehouse immediately. 5. Stand alert for other alarms” (Bradbury 34-35) gives examples of how ignorant Montag was. He thought that because it was written in a book and because everyone else believed it, he also should believe it. Montag was the perfect citizen in his perfect society, but he would soon change into a thoroughly different person. Montag changed from the first parts of the book, and he turned into a person of rebellion.
Montag starts to undergo changes early in the book. He meets his neighbor Clarisse that helps him realize how happy he would be with books. At first, Montag thinks Clarisse is crazy and can’t believe what she is trying to suggest to him. “‘Do you ever read any of the books you burn?’[Clarisse McClellan] He [Montag] laughed. ‘That’s against the law!’ ‘Oh, of course.’” (Bradbury 8) It all changes when he is starting a fire and comes across a book. He thinks about all Clarisse has talked about, and steals the book from the fire. Later, he tries to talk to his wife Mildred about how important books are:
“We can’t do anything. We can’t burn...