Having a “Foil” in a story can really change the outcome of the ending; this is exactly what happened in Fahrenheit 451. Clarisse’s character influence so much in the story that thanks to Clarissa, Montag realized how books played an important role in his life and his society. In the story Fahrenheit 451 Montag worked as a fireman, but in his society instead of putting out fires, they’ll start them by burning books. Their society prohibited books among their people because with books then the government wouldn’t have the power to control society.
Clarissa was Montag’s neighbor when they met; Clarissa tells Montag how things used to be in the past when people used to have books. Montag gets intrigued at what Clarissa told him, and asks Montag if he’s happy with his life he says yes, but feels that he’s lying to himself when he said that. This triggers Montag to read books and find out what they say about how their society used to be in the past and if it’s possible change it himself. Clarisse is a seventeen year old girl, she’s considered an outcast of society because of her habits, which include hiking, and making questions.
She is a very happy girl very different than other girls her age. She herself represents individuality and free thinking. She’s real, alive, vibrant, and dynamic. She makes Montag look at the world differently than how he used to see it as. She makes Montag change and turn against his society by her ideas and behavior. She then gets murdered, but I believe that she dies because the government killed her for being a different individual. Guy Montag is a Fireman; he loves his job, lacks of knowledge, is rebellious, and has courage.
He’s also kind of restless, questioning, brave, and a leader. Before meeting Clarisse he used to be proud of what he used to do, until he met her, he realized that books aren’t bad and starts to question his society until he rebels against it and starts a journey that will lead him to happiness and away from his corrupted society. Clarisse McClellan is a very free spirited girl; she doesn’t really like how her society is. She’s very curious about her surroundings and wants to find answers by asking people.
Montag is a guy that is happy with the way his society is, he loves his job and is very proud of it. But Clarisse is happy and Montag isn’t. As the story moves on Montag changes his way of thinking and starts to think similar as Clarisse. He is now trying to find answers just like Clarisse, he also rebels against his society and becomes a free thinker just like Clarisse. He realizes that he isn’t happy and tries to change that by not being like the others and start being happy, just like Clarisse. A “Foil” Character changed greatly the outcast of the ending in the story.
Clarisse McClellan a seventeen year old, Montag’s neighbor played that role in the story. She was a free thinker in Montag’s society. She helped realize Montag how unhappy he was with the way he was living, and made him realize also how the government controlled their society by burning books. And made him also rebel against it and rebuild his society. Montag became somewhat a hero in the story because he rebelled and change his society. Without Clarisse Montag would have never realized how unhappy he was and how his society was being controlled.