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Wang 1 Susan Wang Wyrauch English 1 Honors 26 February 2006 Take a Stand Will one stick up for what one believes or be a coward and hide in the darkness? In the book Fahrenheit 451 , a man named Montag lives with his wife Mildred in a society in which one cannot read books. Montag is a fireman and his job is to burn books. As Montag burns the books, he also finds the joy of reading them due to Clarisse’s influence. Montag teams up with Faber, an ex-college professor, to bring the excitement of books back into people’s lives and to save each other’s lives along the way because one gets burned if he or she possesses books. In the novel Fahrenheit 451 , Ray Bradbury utilizes characterization to illustrate how one’s ability to stand up for what one believes can change oneself, the people around him or her, and the community. One’s beliefs can influence one’s actions greatly and pull one out of or into misery. Faber is a college professor who becomes a coward when the government bans books; he states: “I’m one of the innocents who could have spoken up and out when no one would listen to the ‘guilty’, but I did not speak and thus became guilty myself” (82). Characterization is shown here when Faber refuses to stand up for what he believes. Faber has opportunities to make a difference, but he does not take them. Faber becomes self-conscious due to his decisions. Those decisions change his way of living and his actions. Faber is one those people who is miserable, but Clarisse is one who is truly happy. Clarisse does not follow the laws because she has her own beliefs, and she says: “‘I’m antisocial, they say. I don’t mix. It’s so strange. I’m very social indeed. It all depends on what you mean by social, doesn’t it?’” (29). Clarisse shows characterization by
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Wang 2 demonstrating how one does not need to fit in to be normal. She sticks up for what she believes,
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