In Fahrenheit 451 the protagonist Guy Montag shows how analyzation and dissatisfaction of the way he is living change Montag’s life.
Montag is unhappy with how he is living. For example, when Clarisse said it’s strange for him to be a fireman and yet listen to her talking about all this and just go along with it. That’s when, “He felt his body divide into a hotness and a coldness, softness and a hardness, a trembling and a not trembling, the two halves grinding one upon the other. This shows that he’s living a two-faced life which leads to unhappiness. Another example is that when the author said, “He wore his happiness like a mask and there was no way of going to knock on her door and ask for it back.” This is yet another example of that he is truly unhappy but he tries to cover it up with his fake happiness.
His unhappiness leads to evaluation. For example, after Clarisse asked Montag if he’s happy he walked home in denial. “Of course I’m happy. What does she think? I’m not? He asked the quiet room.” This shows that this isn’t actually true and he’s trying to reassure himself that he is. Also, another example is, “He felt his smile slide away, melt, fold over and down on itself like a tallow skin, like a fantastic candle burning too long and collapsing and now blown out. Darkness. He was not happy. He was not happy. He said these true words to him self.” This is when Montag finally realizes that he needs to face the truth.
After his analyzation of his life, he begins to change. One example of change is when he was driving to burn another house, he said, “I can’t do it he thought. ...how can I go on burning things? I can’t go in this place.” In this part of the story, he isn’t exactly doing anything to change but this but he’s thinking about it and that’s a start. Another example of change is when he runs away to the forest and decides to join the hobos. “If anything should happen to Harris, you are the Book of the Ecclesiastes. See how important you...