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In Fahrenheit 451, may someone please describe Beatty's treatment of Montag during the...

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studyyyster | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 15, 2011 at 11:14 AM via web

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In Fahrenheit 451, may someone please describe Beatty's treatment of Montag during the time at which his house is being burned. 

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npoore84 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted December 12, 2012 at 6:07 PM (Answer #1)

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The way in which Beatty treats Montag is very ironic in my opinion. The irony is that Beatty is choosing to arrest his own fireman, Montag, for reading books when Beatty, himself, as read books as well. This is evident because he quotes passages from books he has read to Montag at the firehouse and before Montag kills him. He taunts him with quotes from Shakespeare and calls Montag a fool for his actions. This is ironic because the very actions he is claiming to arrest Montag for are the same actions he committed at an earlier date. He has Montag burn his own home and watches him do it all the while taunting him for choosing to hide and read books. 

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