In the novel "Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury, Guy Montag doesn't want to be ignorant. He
wants to understand the reason why the society is unhappy and burns the books. As Montag struggles
between his identity crisis of being a fireman and seeking change, he wants to be knowledgeable.
Montag's identity crisis of being a fireman makes him to question who he is. Montag notices
that the firemen have the same appearance as himself which has him think about Clarisse's question . "He
opened his mouth and it was Clarisse McCellen saying, 'Didn't firemen prevent fires rather than stroke
them up and get them going' (34)?" This isn't his thoughts, instead they are Clarisse's thoughts since she
asked it first. This shows an internal conflict because Motang is questioning his identity as a fireman
which makes him want to choose a side. He is siding on Clarisse's side thinking she might be right, since
he ask the same question as her. He is curious to know even though he is already familiar with the fireman
history but thinks he will get a different response. Perhaps Montag is thinking that if Clarisse is true then
why would they start burning the book. This leads to him doubting his occupation as a firemen.
However, on the way to Faber's house, Montag is feeling numb and wants his old self. "Even the smile,
he thought, the old burnt-in smile, that's gone. I'm lost without it (78)." Montag knows he is changing
from well-behaved to rebellious. He doubts himself whether he wants to seek change. Therefore it can be
inferred that he would rather have his mask back. Montag doesn't know who he is without his mask, but
with it he knows he is a fireman who likes to burn and doesn't have to worry about why he burns books.
Even though Montag might want his mask back, he knows that he shouldn't burn since the sun has been burning time. "One of them had to stop burning. The sun wouldn't certainly. So it looked as if it had to be Montag and the people he had worked with until a few short hours ago (141)." Montag thinks the...