Fahrenheit 451 Rising Action

When something occurs, an incident problem or many people would change they’re perspectives or decisions. Inside the book of Fahrenheit 451, Montags decisions and perspectives change, as he encounters a woman willing to burn with her books. Montag is curious and questions where he belongs, he feels guilty as well since he with the law or against it. He will rebel against the law and would read as well as ignore all the other rules that he had learned during his career as a fire fighter.


Montag’s occupation is a fireman, they are the police in this dystopia, the firemen keep the law and order. But one day after meeting one girl named Clarrise all his thoughts and attitudes change. One particular event happens and snaps him out of his happy go life. “We burn a thousand books. We burnt a woman.” (pg. 53) After doing what his job was meant to do, a woman chooses to die with her books, so the firemen with him just light her on fire as well. That one event changes his entire perspective on life itself in this world.

“You weren’t there, you didn’t see,” he said. “There must be something in books, things that we cant imagine to make a woman star in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.” ……… “You ever seen a burnt house? It smolders for days. Well, this fire’ll last me the rest of my life.” “Last night I thought about all the kerosene I’ve used in the last ten years.” ……… “It took some man a lifetime maybe to put some of his thoughts down, looking around at the world and life, and then I come along in two minuets and boom! Its all over.” (Pg. 54) The quote this fire’ll last me the rest of my life shows that he is haunted and also curious of why the woman would want to stay and burn with her books. He thought about his job and what he had done for the world, to find that he only was harming and destroying what took people many days or even years to make.


Montags decisions slowly change after secretly stealing a few books over the course of his career; he comes in sick after killing the woman with her books. He also gets a surprise visit from Beatty. “Well, then, what if a fireman accidentally, really not intending anything, takes a book home with him?” ……… “A natural error. Curiosity alone,” said Beatty “We don’t get over anxious or mad. We let the fireman keep the book twenty-four hours. If he hasn’t burned it by then, we simply come burn it for him.” (Pg 66) This quote shows Beatty knows that Montag has books hidden inside his house, but not how many. The quote also shows that Beatty has had this situation before with almost every single fireman, where they take a book, and call in sick. Montag changes his decision to go against the law was when he realizes that he was not helping the community in any way.

“Without looking at it he dropped it to the floor. He put his hand back up and took out two books and moved his hand down and dropped the two books to the floor. He kept moving his hand and dropping books, small ones, fairly large ones, yellow, red, green ones. When he was done he looked down upon some twenty books lying at his wife’s feet.” (Pg. 69) The books that he has taken were all stolen from the course of his career; this quote shows that Montag actually had an itch of curiosity for the whole course of his fireman occupation. Montag would choose to rebel and his decisions change as the books in his house increases.


I can connect with the protagonist (Montag) since with everything you do you would or might get an irritating feeling, or you would feel that you have made no difference in your whole life. I have had this feeling when doing or playing sports. I feel like I have made no progress and am not improving. The itch is that no improvements are made. This is like Montag where he feels that he has made no change in society. But once you become the change or feel it everything would be better and you would live differently as it shows in the book later on.