"Guy Montag was a fireman whose job it was to start fires..."
Guy Montag is the protagonist of the classic Ray Bradbury novel Fahrenheit 451
. He is, as the above blurb
points out, a fireman
of an unexpected kind. In the world of Fahrenheit 451, houses are encased in virtually fireproof
plastic shells, making uninentional fires impossible and even arson
difficult. In Fahrenheit
's society, books are illegal
, having been replaced by the senseless television programs that keep the public content.
and the other firemen
are charged with enforcing the book bannings. They rush to houses with illegal books in them and douse them in kerosene
from the firehoses, setting them ablaze
-- at least once with the books' owner inside.
In Fahrenheit 451
, Guy Montag is slowly made aware of the society he lives in by a girl whose been taught of how things used to be and a professor
who still holds to the ideas of an educated world. Using Professor Faber
and his resources as a fireman, Guy barely escapes the firemen and police that have turned to capture him for hiding book
s he saved. He meets up with a group of rogue intellectuals
, becoming, in effect, the last copy of the Bible
, to be coerced out of his memory in the future by hypnosis or similar techniques.
As a reference, Gui
Montag is also the name for the generic Terran Firebat
hero in StarCraft