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What is the irony at the end of Part 2 of Fahrenheit 451?

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soccerlvr767 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 15, 2007 at 6:35 AM via web

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What is the irony at the end of Part 2 of Fahrenheit 451?

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teacherscribe | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted October 15, 2007 at 7:24 AM (Answer #1)

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The irony is that the firemen, including Montag, arrive at Montag's house. He has been turned in for possessing books. Of course, it is his own wife, Mildred, who turns him in. Now Beatty makes Montag burn not only his house but all of the books and places him under arrest.

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clane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted October 15, 2007 at 10:59 PM (Answer #2)

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Being a fireman Montag puts himself in a compromising position by possessing all these books. He ends up confiding in his wife, which was a dire mistake because her loyalty is to the letter of the law and she turns him in.

Since it is the job of the fireman to burn books (start fire rather than put it out) at the end of part 2 it is ironic that the fireman have to go to the house of one of their own to burn books. Firemen should be setting the example for others in this society and instead Montag is a lover of literature.

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