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How does Fahrenheit 451 end?

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Posted June 23, 2012 at 8:33 PM via web

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How does Fahrenheit 451 end?

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 12, 2012 at 5:19 PM (Answer #1)

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At the end of Fahrenheit 451, Montag has escaped the city, which has been destroyed by bombs. He has joined a group of survivors who are devoted to memorizing and reciting books, and hopes to become like them with his memories of certain Biblical works.

To everything there is a season. Yes. A time to break down, and a time to build up. Yes. A time to keep silence and a time to speak. Yes, all that. But what else. What else? Something, something...
(Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, Google Books)

This period in Montag's life has come to an end. He has a future to look forward to for the first time in his life, instead of the same days following days that made him so uneasy. He remembers passages from Ecclesiastes, and Revelation, and he knows that his life will be different from now on; not necessarily better, but purposeful, with meaning. Montag has regained his individualism, and finally understands the true evils of his prior society.

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