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What is the explanation for why so much has happened to Montag within only a week?

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key1234 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 2, 2008 at 11:53 PM via web

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What is the explanation for why so much has happened to Montag within only a week?

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

Posted December 4, 2008 at 3:44 AM (Answer #1)

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After Montag has killed Beatty and is on the run, he goes to Faber's house.  Once there, he wonders aloud, how in a week's time he has killed a man once his friend, he's lost his wife, his house has been burned, he's lost his job, and he's planted a book at the home of a former fellow fireman in order to frame him.  Faber tells him that all of this was "coming for a long time." Montag agrees and says that for a long time, he'd felt that things were wrong, even though he went about his usual business and his usual life. He says, "It saved itself up to happen. I could feel it for a long time, I was saving something up. .... It's a wonder it didn't show on me, like fat."  The seed of thought about the errors of this society had been in Montag, but it took Clarisse to nurture that seed with her questions, and get it to grow.  She gets Montag to question his life and their society; to look at it with fresh eyes and see its flaws.

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