~Guy Montag: Guy Montag is a 30 year old fire fighter that lives in America's future. Montag is the third man in his family to have become a fireman, and the first to begin to question it. He is a courageous man, but lacks the knowledge to know how to best handle his realizations that the cause he works for may be corrupt--which is why he teams up with Faber, a fearful man, but one with the wisdom Montag needs to make a difference. He is generally an unhappy person that is "missing something" in his life. He is mildly depressed and is apathetic towards his everyday life and work. As for his appearance, he is your average Caucasian that is physically fit. Montag lacks in knowledge, although by his peers, he is viewed as average. He is married to Mildred. And he is a fire fighter that creates fires by burning books, buildings, people, and anything else that has to do with knowledge.
"To learn how to find, one must first learn how to hide."~ Guy Montag
~Clarisse McClellan: A young, 17-year-old girl that appears only in the beginning of the book and then mysteriously disappears by the first hundred pages. Clarisse asks a ton of questions and thinks about things in life. She is very interested in life and sees the sun rising as something spectacular. She is the first one to make Montag question his job as a fireman, and encourages him to be curious about the world around him and the policies he has followed throughout his life. She is the start of his rebellion. She is considered anti-social because she is social and thinks unlike the community.
"I sometimes think drivers don't know what grass is, or flowers, because they never see them slowly. If you showed a driver a green blur, Oh yes! he'd say, that's grass! A pink blur! That's a rose garden! White blurs are houses. Brown blurs are cows." ~ Clarisse McClellan
~Faber: A retired, timid, yet incredibly cynical English professor that serves as Montag's mentor. Too scared to rebel against authority himself, Faber advises Montag through his infiltration of the firehouse, and helps him see the power of books, and why it is critical to restore the value of them in society's eyes. He plays an important role in Montag's plan to destroy the firemen's houses. He is someone that Montag met at a park a year ago who knew about books and knew what they meant. He also had plenty of books filled with knowledge from the past. When Montag's house burnt down Faber was there to help Montag even though he risked being caught and killed by the police.
"I don't talk things, sir. I talk the meaning of things. I sit here and I know I'm alive." ~ Faber
~Machine Operators: Two medical technicians sent by the hospital to revive Mildred after her failed attempt at suicide. They were both smoking during the "procedure" of taking out the poisons in her body and replacing her blood with artificial serum, and were both very impersonal, unattached men. They are so accustomed to these events they take no empathy to Montag's worries about his wife's life, and talk in a very insensitive manner.
"No use getting the stomach if you don't clean the blood. Leave that stuff in the blood and the blood hits the brain like a mallet, bang, a couple thousand times and the brain just gives up, just quits." ~ operator
~Mrs. Phelps: One of Mildred's friends who is obsessed with parlor walls as much as she is, and is brainwashed to dystopian-perfection. Mrs.Phelps has been married three times, but has no children due to multiple abortions, thinking them as "ruinous" beings. When Montag read "Dover Beach" aloud to them, Mrs. Phelps started to cry, possibly in a dim flicker of realization of how bad things were.
"Caesarians or not, children are ruinous; you're out of your mind." ~Mrs. Phelps
~Mrs. Bowles: One of Mildred's friends who is obsessed with parlor walls as much as Mildred and Mrs. Phelps are. She too is caught in the net of this society with no hopes of escape, very much like her two friends. Mrs. Bowles has had two children simply to keep the population up, not to raise as her own and hold the role of a loving, caring mother. Both Mrs. Phelps and Mrs. Bowles thought Montag an evil person for reading "Dover Beach" to them, and for making them feel sad and depressed instead of the blind happiness they were used to.
"I've always said, poetry and tear, poetry and suicide and crying and awful feelings, poetry and sickness; all that mush! Now I've had it proved to me." ~Mrs. Bowles
~Mildred: Mildred is Guy Montag's wife. She is clinically depressed and spends most of her days watching soap operas. She is a very serious person when it comes to her soap operas. She even goes to the point where she calls them her "relatives" and shows emotion to them.
"What a strange irony, that people will not read a book that espouses the importance of books in our society" (42).
~Captain Beatty: Captain Beatty is Montag's boss as well as the captain for the firemen. He references lots of quotes from books during the week, suggesting that he, at one point, read many books--but now, strangely, is the vilified leader of the book-he is the burning authority in the story. He is close with Montag, but too close for their own good. Being really close friends will not get them far in their careers. Their friendship will become rough and unhealthy.
"With school turning out more runners, jumpers, racers, tinkerers, grabbers, snatchers, fliers, and swimmers instead of examiners, critics, knowers, and imaginative creators, the word 'intellectual,' of course, became the swear word it deserved to be. You always dread the unfamiliar."~ Captain Beatty
~Granger: One of the intelligent homeless men Montag meets after escaping from the city. He explains to Montag about their plan to build up society the right way after it has destroyed itself; and insure that no such government will ever exist again. All of the men are outlaws, each retaining text from books in their memory and passages from famous intellectuals like Abe Lincoln, Einstein, Charles Darwin, Gandhi, and passages by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Granger is Plato's Republic and wrote The Fingers in the Glove; the Proper Relationship Between the Individual and Society.
"We all made the right kind of mistakes, or we wouldn't be here." ~Granger
~Martyr Woman: An elderly woman who burned herself alive with her collection of books not long after Montag, Beatty, and two other fireman came to burn her books. Once they arrived, Beatty struck her and asked sharply where the books were, and instead of retaliating she acted very calmly and inexpressive. Most collections Montag and the other firemen had burned had come in pairs with their frantic owners, yelling and screaming at them. This woman's silence among the men's laughter and noise brought a feeling of guilt upon the situation, and instead of questioning it Montag waves off the feeling she brings as a nuisance and tries to get her to leave. She refuses, and before Captain Beatty can spark the kerosene that coated the entire house, she lit a match of her own and was consumed along with her books.
"You can never have my books." ~ Martyr Woman
~Fred Clement: Fred was a man who held the Thomas Hardy chair at Atomic Engineering School
~Dr. Simmons: A specialist in Ortega y Gasset at U.C.L.A., and retains the text of Marcus in the writings of Aurelius and Marcus.
~Professor West: West made significant accomplishments in ethics at Coulumbia University.
~Rev Padover: Padover was a respected reverend before the reformation kicked in, and lost all of his followers in less than a week because of his views.