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Allusions Within Character Names in Fahrenheit 451


Guy Montag:

-        Possible reference to Guy Fawkes.

        - Attempts to change the current state of affairs through his nonconformist actions.


-        According to Bradbury, a subconscious reference to the paper manufacturer.

-        “Montag” is the German term for “Monday”.

o      Monday, being the start of a new week, possibly symbolizes Guy’s mental position – by the end of the story, he has reached a new conclusion about life that he did not have at the start.

o      “And on either side of the river was there a tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month; And the leaves of the tree for the healing of the nations.” (165)

Clarisse McClellan:

-        “Clarisse” stems from the Latin term “clarus”, meaning “clear”.

o      Clarisse states exactly what is on her mind.

o      “…[My Uncle] drove forty miles an hour and they jailed him for two days. Isn't that funny, and sad, too?”
”You think too many things,” said Montag, uneasily. (9) 

Captain Beatty:

-        The terms “beat” and “beaten” are simple derivatives of his name.

o      Beatty essentially torments Montag from the very day Montag begins questioning the actions of firemen.

o      Beatty’s knowledge of history leads the reader to conclude that he had read books before, and possibly had shared a mindset similar to Montag. Such a mindset may have been “beaten” out of him by his superiors.

o      “…burnt alive at Oxford, for heresy, on October 16, 1555… I’m full of bits and pieces… most fire captains have to be. Sometimes I surprise myself.” (40)



-        Another subconscious reference, this time of the pencil manufacturer. (Faber-Castell)

o      Guy acts as a drone, on which Faber begins to leave his mark.

o "Faber" is also Latin for "Craftsman", which aptly describes Faber's tinkering with radios.


-        “Grange” is a term for a farm, a form of harmony with nature.


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