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Throughout the beginning of the book Fahrenheit 451 written by Ray Bradbury the character Guy Montag goes through tremendous character development Initially Montag welcomes each day with a smile and relishes in the excitement of each nights new book burning ceremony This idea is emphasized within the very first two sentences of the book It was a pleasure to burn It was a special pleasure to see things eaten to see things blackened and changed3 This quote describes Montags feelings for his occupation Montag loves the burning the adrenaline rush the excitement of a new location which he knows he will burn Montag lives for those moments There is a well-known quote which in some peoples eyes could apply to Guy Montag this is ignorance is bliss This quote symbolizes the importance of ignorance in the society in which Guy lives Before Guy meets Clarisse he thinks his life is relatively good Clarisse attempts to open his eyes to the real world surrounding him by asking such questions as are you happy 10 To this peculiar yet logical question he becomes defensive about the idea of his happiness He initially acts defensive because like most people when one challenges their lifestyles and or beliefs the peoples first reactions are to defend their customs This is why Guy becomes defensive Clarisse provokes Montag by asking him personal questions which he does not know the answer to Yet after dissecting the question and how it applies to his life he begins to realize that he truly is not happy Though Clarisse is only seventeen and is young enough to be Guys daughter she opens his eyes to ideas he never thought of before Slowly through time he begins to accept the thoughts and feelings she expresses which she does hoping that her words might open Montags mind After Clarisse explains how much she loves the rain and the taste Montags first reaction is to act repulsed
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