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Critical Montag Guy Montag is a fireman who is paid to burn books in the novel Fahrenheit 451 written by Bradbury Ray The setting of the novel is sometime in the future when reading and owning books is outlawed In the beginning of the novel Bradbury portrays Montag as an immature thinker who loves his job of burning books In the opening scene Bradbury uses descriptive context of how Montag is handling a fire This shows the reader how much Montag enjoys his job Greenfield said a persons moral outlook their understanding of their obligations and entitlements and interests in life and their notions of how they should be treated are more and more determined by what they now see themselves as representing rather than by their own individual instincts and tastes Green 80 This statement best describes Montags love for his job in the beginning of the novel Montag sees himself as representing the fire department instead of being an individual who works as a fireman Montag interacts with many characters in the novel that help influence him to seek the meaning in books and to become an individual who thinks critically Such as Clarisse an archetypal hippie or flower child the old lady who defies the firemen by pouring kerosene over her books and her own body before striking a matchJohnson 86 and Faber an old intellect Montag met in a park a year beforeClarisse McClellan is a young girl of 17 that introduces Montag to the worlds Stament 2 potential beauty and meaning with her gentle innocence and curiosity She is an outcast from society because of her odd habits but she and her family are genuinely happy with themselves and each other Bradbury introduces Clarisse in the beginning of the novel while Montag is walking home from work Montag feels a sense of togetherness with Clarisse and takes a liking to her She questions him about
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