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Using sub themes and key text pieces in the novel, by the time "Part Three; Burning...

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oggty | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 20, 2010 at 12:07 PM via web

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Using sub themes and key text pieces in the novel, by the time "Part Three; Burning Bright" begins, how do you think Montag feels?

Fahrenheit 451, a key script to a dystopic world we can't become. Ray Bradbury presents this perfectly with Montag.

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luannw | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted October 20, 2010 at 8:25 PM (Answer #1)

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Part Two ends with Montag and the other firemen pulling up in front of Montag's house.  Montag now knows that whatever efforts he puts into overthrowing the current regime are exposed.  He no longer can do anything quietly.  He has already become disillusioned with the society in which he lives.  He came to that realization in Part One, particularly when he saw the old woman die rather than live without her books.  He knew then that books must have something special in them that the government didn't want the citizenry to be aware of.  In Part Two, Montag realizes that he has to DO something about their society.  He had planned, with the help of Faber, to slowly implicate the firemen and thus bring the government to its knees.  With the fire run going to his own home, Montag knows that the government is aware of Montag's books.  He has to change tactics.  When Beatty taunts him for his beliefs, he turns the flame thrower on Beatty and kills him.  This sends Montag on the run.

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