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In "Fahrenheit 451" what does Montag do to the Black family?

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Posted April 9, 2009 at 2:43 AM via web

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In "Fahrenheit 451" what does Montag do to the Black family?

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

Posted April 9, 2009 at 4:04 AM (Answer #1)

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On the way to Faber's house, while he is on the run, Montag sneaks up to the Black's house, and plants some books in it.  Black is a fireman, and earlier in the book, Montag and Faber came up with a plan to plant books in firemen's homes, so that they will be framed and burned.  Their hope was to slowly annihilate any chance of any house getting burned again; if they burn the source of the burning, then hopefully they can get a foothold and start books circulating again.  So, even though Montag is on the run, he decides to at least start the plan that he had come up with, and "he hid the books in the kitchen and moved from the house," heading on to Faber's house.  In the end, it doesn't really matter, since the entire city gets bombed, but it is significant that Montag was willing to frame a man of his trade in order to give books a fighting chance.  He has changed quite a bit from the man who loved burning that we saw at the beginning of the novel.  -

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