Main Characters Analysis

Guy Montag

Montag plays the role of a protagonist in the novel Fahrenheit 451. He is a fireman who has the job of burning books and the houses where they are kept illegally. He has been doing this job for more than 30 years. He never put a thought on whether he is happy with his life or not until his neighbor Clarisse asked him, “Are you happy?” This question made him curious and he began to have a different kind of thoughts in his mind which consequently made him go against the rules of the society. He realizes that people live to get entertained and this is the reason for the world getting wasted. He peculiarly forms good relations with anyone who appears to provide a true friendship experience. This is how Montag meets Professor Faber who is regarded as a man of books who Montag met once in the past, for assistance in his pursuit of knowledge.

Clarisse McClellan

Clarisse is a strange young girl who lives right next to the home of Montag. Having the age of seventeen, she provokes the curiosity in Montag to discover the beauty of the world. Because of her peculiar habits, such as playing with flowers, hiking and asking too many questions, she is rejected by the society. However, she and her family seem to get along with each other pretty well. She plays the role of inspiring Montag to reflect over his life and ask himself whether he is happy with his life or not.


Beatty plays the role of antagonist in the novel. He is the captain of the fire department where Montag works. Despite the fact that he is a literate

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