Table of Contents Guy Montag Appropriately named after a paper-manufacturing company, Montag is the protagonist of Fahrenheit He is by no means a perfect hero, however. Faced with the enormity and complexity of books for the first time, he is often confused, frustrated, and overwhelmed. As a result, he has difficulty deciding what to do independently of Beatty, Mildred, or Faber.
He is married but has no children. One fall night while returning from work, he meets his new neighbor, a teenage girl named Clarisse McClellan, whose free-thinking ideals and liberating spirit cause him to question his life and his own perceived happiness.
Montag returns home to find that his wife Mildred has overdosed on sleeping pills, and he calls for medical attention. Two uncaring EMTs pump Mildred's stomach, drain her poisoned blood, and fill her with new blood.
After the EMTs leave to rescue another overdose victim, Montag goes outside and overhears Clarisse and her family talking about the way life is in this hedonistic, illiterate society. Montag's mind is bombarded with Clarisse's subversive thoughts and the memory of his wife's near-death.
Over the next few days, Clarisse faithfully meets Montag each night as he walks home. She tells him about how her simple pleasures and interests make her an outcast among her peers and how she is forced to go to therapy for her behavior and thoughts.
Montag looks forward to these meetings, and just as he begins to expect them, Clarisse goes missing. He senses something is wrong. The woman refuses to leave her house and her books, choosing instead to light a match and burn herself alive.
Jarred by the woman's suicide, Montag returns home and hides the stolen book under his pillow. Later, Montag wakes Mildred from her sleep and asks her if she has seen or heard anything about Clarisse McClellan. She reveals that Clarisse's family moved away after Clarisse was hit by a speeding car and died four days ago.
Dismayed by her failure to mention this earlier, Montag uneasily tries to fall asleep. Outside he suspects the presence of "The Mechanical Hound", an eight-legged  robotic dog-like creature that resides in the firehouse and aids the firemen in hunting book hoarders.
Montag awakens ill the next morning. Mildred tries to care for her husband but finds herself more involved in the "parlor wall" entertainment in the living room — large televisions filling the walls. Montag suggests that maybe he should take a break from being a fireman after what happened last night, and Mildred panics over the thought of losing the house and her parlor wall "family".
Captain Beatty, Montag's fire chief, personally visits Montag to see how he is doing. Sensing his concerns, Beatty recounts the history of how books lost their value and how the firemen were adapted for their current role: Books were ruthlessly abridged or degraded to accommodate short attention spans while minority groups protested the controversial, outdated content they perceived in literature yet comic books, trade papers, and sex magazines remained, as these fed into the mainstream population's desire for mindless entertainment.
At the same time, advances in technology resulted in nearly all buildings being made out of fireproof materials, and the traditional role of firemen in preventing fires was no longer necessary.
The government instead turned the firemen into officers of society's peace of mind:The Fahrenheit quotes below are all either spoken by Guy Montag or refer to Guy Montag. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:).
Not Your Ordinary Guy. He might have a pretty plain name, but Guy Montag is definitely not your average Joe. He has inklings that all is not right with his world .
Internationally acclaimed with more than 5 million copies in print, Fahrenheit is Ray Bradbury's classic novel of censorship and defiance, as resonant today as it was when it was first published nearly 50 years ago.
Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires The system was simple. In 'Fahrenheit ' by Ray Bradbury, Guy Montag is having an identity crisis. He has spent his entire life dreaming of the life he has, only to.
Guy Montag: [holding a book in his hand] Behind each of these books, there's a man. That's what interests me. That's what interests me. . Guy Montag didn't know he had any internal conflicts until a young year-old girl asked him to think about the world differently.
The question that really sets off his internal conflict, though.