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Summarize Montag's journey as a fugitive.The answer needs to be LONG!!This is the part...

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Summarize Montag's journey as a fugitive.

The answer needs to be LONG!!This is the part after Montag crosses the river

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schulzie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted November 29, 2012 at 3:43 AM (Answer #1)

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You will have to rewrite these facts in your own words. 

When Montag first escapes the Hound and lands on land, he sees two eyes staring at him.  He is still paranoid.  Thinking it is the Hound,he yells out, but the image runs away.  Realizing it was just a deer, he starts walking and finds the railroad tracks. Montag does not know why,but he feels that Clarisse walked those same tracks.

A half hour later, he sees a fire.  Aware that he may be approaching danger, it takes him fifteen minutes to approach the fire.  He notices that the fire is different.

"It was not burning, it was warming.....it even smelled different." (pg 145-146)

There are many hands warming themselves around the fire.  He heard their voices, but they didn't mean anything to him.  One man finally tells Montag he can come out of the darkness.  They have been waiting for him and offer him hot coffee.  Montag is surprised  they know his name.  Granger, the man who welcomed Montag, shows him a portable TV. They have been watching the Hound and the government chase him. The government was thrown off the scent when he went into the river, so they are looking for a scapegoat, an odd duck of a man who is taking a walk in the morning,  to kill and claim that it is Montag.

"Never know when that sort of information might be handy.  And today, it turns out, it's very usable indeed.  It saves face." (pg 148)

They watch as an unknown man is killed by the Hound, and the government announces,

"Montag is dead; a crime against society has been avenged." (pg 149)

Montag is then introduced to the other men, each very learned.   Granger asks Montag what he has to offer, and Montag explains that he has the Book of Ecclesiastes and maybe a little of Revelation from the Bible memorized. However, he just can't seem to remember them now.  Granger assures him it will all come back into his memory when it is needed.

Granger explains each of the men has some book in his head.  That is how they are keeping the books alive. They pass the books on to their children.  He explains that there are thousands of such men on the road.

".....bums on outside, libraries inside." (pg 153)

Granger then tells a story about his grandfather.  He says,

"Everybody must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said..........It doesn't matter what you do, he said, so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that's like you after you take your hands away." (pg 156-157)

Then the war starts and ends within seconds. The bomb is dropped, and it is all over.  Montag thinks of Mildred, Faber, and Clarisse. However, they are now in his past.

The city is gone. Montag and Granger see this as a new beginning.  Granger tells the story of the Phoenix from mythology. 

"Every time he burnt himself up, he sprang up new out of the ashes, he got himself born all over again" (pg 163)

The men start walking toward the city because they feel that they will be needed there.  As they walk, they speak sparingly.  Montag knows what thought, one from the Bible, he will share with the men at noon.

"And on either side of the river, there was a tree of life, which bear twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month; And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of nations." (pg 165)

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