third-generation fireman who suddenly realizes the emptiness of
his life and starts to search for meaning in the books he is supposed
to be burning. Though he is sometimes rash and has a hard time thinking
for himself, he is determined to break free from the oppression
of ignorance. He quickly forms unusually strong attachments with
anyone who seems receptive to true friendship. His biggest regret
in life is not having a better relationship with his wife.
in-depth analysis of Guy Montag.
brittle, sickly looking wife. She is obsessed with watching television
and refuses to engage in frank conversation with her husband about their
marriage or her feelings. Her suicide attempt, which she refuses
even to acknowledge, clearly indicates that she harbors a great
deal of pain. Small-minded and childish, Mildred does not understand
her husband and apparently has no desire to do so.
in-depth analysis of Mildred Montag.
captain of Montag’s fire department. Although he is himself extremely
well-read, paradoxically he hates books and people who insist on reading
them. He is cunning and devious, and so perceptive that he appears
to read Montag’s thoughts.
in-depth analysis of Captain Beatty.
- A retired English professor whom Montag encountered
a year before the book opens. Faber still possesses a few precious
books and aches to have more. He readily admits that the current
state of society is due to the cowardice of people like himself,
who would not speak out against book burning when they still could have
stopped it. He berates himself for being a coward, but he shows
himself capable of acts that require great courage and place him
in considerable danger.
in-depth analysis of Professor Faber.
- A beautiful seventeen-year-old who introduces Montag
to the world’s potential for beauty and meaning with her gentle
innocence and curiosity. She is an outcast from society because
of her odd habits, which include hiking, playing with flowers, and
asking questions, but she and her (equally odd) family seem genuinely
happy with themselves and each other.
in-depth analysis of Clarisse McClellan.
leader of the “Book People,” the group of hobo intellectuals Montag
finds in the country. Granger is intelligent, patient, and confident
in the strength of the human spirit. He is committed to preserving
literature through the current Dark Age.
of Mildred’s vapid friends. She is emotionally disconnected from
her life, appearing unconcerned when her third husband is sent off
to war. Yet she breaks down crying when Montag reads her a poem, revealing
suppressed feelings and sensibilities.
of Mildred’s friends. Like Mrs. Phelps, she does not seem to care
deeply about her own miserable life, which includes one divorce,
one husband killed in an accident, one husband who commits suicide,
and two children who hate her. Both of Mildred’s friends are represented
as typical specimens of their society.
Stoneman and Black
- Two firemen who work with Montag. They share the
lean, shadowed look common to all firemen and go about their jobs