Modern Anti-hero

In the dystopic novel Fahrenheit 451, the protagonist Montag is a modern anti-hero. The definition states that a modern anti-hero is a character that puts the needs of others before his own, and this is eactly what Montag does in the story. Montag has the chance to get rid of all the books in his house and to live a life that is seen as normal by their society. Instead he realizes how important books are to society and does all he can to save at least one novel. This is similar to the other dystopic novel Chrysalids, where David sacrifices everything that he has in life just to save his new friend sophie. Both David and Montag are modern anti-heros because they are willing to put others before themselves, rather than doing what they want before solving the issues of others. Montag starts out as a normal static character but becomes this dynamic protagonist as he discovers what his society is missing by getting rid of books. Therefore, he goes against all the laws to do what he feels is right, even if it costs him his life. Consequently, when he runs away and escapes the mechanical hound he finds others like himself who love books and want to re-integrate them into society. This leaves him as a hero because now he can lead the charge and rebellion that is about to come and give the citizens what they have been missing for way too long.



~ by intothefire1414 on June 20, 2010.

2 Responses to “Modern Anti-hero”

  1. Both of these characters sound a lot like the father in the book, The Road. It seems as though Montag and David are very generous people who are looking out for others and putting others needs above their own. The father in The Road does this as well as he does anything he can to ensure that his son lives.

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