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In "Fahrenheit 451", how old is Montag?

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Posted January 4, 2009 at 11:37 AM via web

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In "Fahrenheit 451", how old is Montag?

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mrs-campbell | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 4, 2009 at 12:34 PM (Answer #1)

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Montag is thirty.  After he first meets Clarisse, they talk briefly, and she asks him how long he has been a fireman.  Montag's response is "Since I was twenty, ten years ago."  So, at the beginning of the book he had been burning books for a full ten years-a significant amount of time, especially considering how in the next sections he turns against it completely.  I also provided links below to a summary of the book, along with other information.  Good luck!

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