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Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury

Tools of Characterization

Character Analysis

Names

Bradbury swears it was unintentional, but "Montag" is the name of a paper manufacturing company and "Faber" makes pencils. Cute. Also, it speaks to the fact that both men need each other, need to work together, to achieve a better end. Right?

Occupation

Guy is challenged by his occupation as a fireman, but the Captain is defined by it. Beatty is the ultimate fireman, not only in practice but in ideology as well. Continuing in this trend, Faber is an ex-professor, and Mildred appears to do…nothing.

Speech and Dialogue

Both Beatty and Faber have great big monologues in the text (forming a foil, by the way, if you’re interested in that see "Character Role Indentification"). We don’t get a full picture of Beatty’s character until we hear him rant about the danger of literature and the "happiness duo" he and Montag comprise. Likewise, we don’t know much about Faber until he explains his slant on literature.

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