Fahrenheit51 4 Essay

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Guy Montag is the main character in the novel Fahrenheit 451. Montag's job is a fireman but a different kind of fireman they are supposed to find houses with books in them, and to destroy them. The homes in which books are found are also burned and the person who has the books is sent to jail. In the beginning, Guy Montag seems to like his job Then one day he meets a girl named Clarisse McClelean, his new neighbor, a sixteen year old girl. They talk and Clarisse tells him of a past when people were allowed to read books and were not afraid of firemen burning their houses. She asks Montag if there was ever a time when firemen put out fires. Montag tells her no. Montag realizes that he is not happy in his work.When Montag goes home, he sees his wife lying watching television. Though Mildred would never admit it, she was unhappy also. She also takes sleeping pills, and Montag notices she took an overdose.It seems as though Millie always ignores Montag by watching her "family" on her three wall television. These are the indicators to Montag that their marriage is falling apart. Montag doesn't know of his unhappiness until his first encounters with the mechanical hound (a robotic dog that is programmed to find books). The dog growls, which are what Montag dislikes. The growling alerts him of his unhappiness. Montag thinks that the dog knows that he had snuck some books from the home of their last burning. Montag doesn't talk to Mildred about his unhappiness with his job. But Beatty knows of Montag's unhappiness, and makes a visit to his house. He gives Montag a pep talk about his curiosity about books. He tells him that all firemen have a curiosity about books sometime. He says that books are merely stories, only fiction. He tells him that books make people unhappy, but books can be...

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