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- One can say without a doubt that Guy Montag the main character in the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury changes enormously as a person Before Montag meets Clarisse McClellan a seventeen-year-old girl with an open curious look towards life he is an everyday fireman with the same cold heart as most other people in society In the beginning of Montags journey he still feels the pleasure to burn never giving a second thought to the books that he is destroying forever 3 Clarisse is responsible for the first small change in Montags character She instigates Montag to think about his life by asking him one simple question Are you happy 10 At first Montags natural reaction is to say that he is happy but soon he realizes he is not Clarisses love of nature opens Montags eyes to the beauty of the world Clarisses peculiar attitude intrigues Montag getting him to think about his outlook on life The next incident that changes him is the burning of an old womans books The books are not only eradicated but the old womans life is also taken with them This gives Montag his first pang of guilt for burning books that might have some meaning and the murder haunts him day and night This is the turning point for Montag Guy Montag decides to explore the content of some books that he stole from the old womans house Montag is fully aware of the consequences that might come and though the person he was before would have never considered even picking up a book his new curiosity drives him to explore the forbidden Not only does he change his attitude toward books Montag also starts to question his character and the person he has become in order to fit in with the rest of the firemen He suddenly realizes he doesnt like them at all and he doesnt like himself at all anymore 67 One
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