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Transcript of Fahrenheit 451
In life there is constant struggle with our identity as people who want to be ourselves, but our identity is never truly ours but a development of other people’s identity resulting in constant change.
This is one of the defining moments for an Identity change in Montag in the Hearth and the Salamander. This excerpt shows a moment where you can see the beginning of Montag's identity change from idle, question less, and mindless to a little more aware, and a little more thoughtful. Montag's identity changes at the core, he becomes more in touch with his feelings. This was a drastic change from what he's been made into by the firemen, and Mildred.
The Sieve and the Sand
In this excerpt Montag is stating his discomfort with changing sides if he will be doing the same thing as before (being thoughtless and doing exactly as told with little input). This is another major identity change for Montag. As Faber pointed out Montag is becoming wiser, though this identity change comes from most the people around him. Montag has picked this up from Beatty who is wise in the way any fireman can be- supporting the burning of books and speaking of what would come if not happened and his own experiences. From Clarisse who has watched around her awakened Montag to do the same. And finally from Faber who has lived in and understands the cowardice he lives behind everyday. All these people making Montags identity.
"Montag." Granger took Montag's shoulder firmly. "Walk carefully. Guard your health. If anything should happen to Harris, you are the Book of Ecclesiastes. See how important you've become in the last minute!"
The Hearth and the Salamander
"He felt his smile slide away, melt, fold over, and down on itself like a tallow skin, like the stuff of a fantastic candle burning too long and now collapsing and now blown out. Darkness. He was not happy. He was not happy. He said the words to himself. He recognized this as the true state of affairs. He wore his happiness like a mask and the girl had run off across the lawn with the mask and there was no way of going to knock on her door and ask for it back."
-Excerpt from page 9, Guy Montag thinks to himself.
"I don't want to change sides and just be told what to do. There's no reason to change if I do that."
"You're wise already!"
Montag felt his feet moving him on the sidewalk towards his house. "Keep talking."
Excerpt from page 144 , Granger speaking to Montag
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After Granger says this Montag rather quickly accepts his new and final identity in this book. Montag's identity is newly defined by Granger and his group, and by a man he's never really met but read a part of his book. Montags' identity is now The Book Of Ecclesiastes, though he does still carry parts of Clarisse and Faber, Montag is predominately the book. Montags' identity will continue to grow, though we didn't get to see a lot of the affects of Granger and the other men you could tell Montag was already developing and becoming more. You could tell he would take a lot more care into memory because of the importance they put on remembering for the future. You saw this when he remembered where he and Mildred had met, and when he continued to think until he could remember a part of a book in the very end.
An identity is the fact of being who or what a person is. And Montag is Beatty, Mildred, Faber, Clarisse, Granger, the travelers and finally he is the Book of Ecclesiastes.
Excerpt from pages 88-89,
a conversation between
Guy Montag and Faber