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In Fahrenheit 451, what is Montag's plan to escape?

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blah437 | Student | eNoter

Posted August 15, 2011 at 8:19 AM via web

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In Fahrenheit 451, what is Montag's plan to escape?

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 15, 2011 at 8:40 AM (Answer #1)

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Montag has committed murder by killing Captain Beatty with his flamethrower.  His wife had already turned him in and left him.  He knows there is no way to survive in the city, his name and face are all over the television, and the mechanical hounds will soon be turned loose to hunt him down, so he has to leave the city altogether.

He stops at Faber's house first, almost foolishly, and gets some advice as to who to look for.  He manages to throw off the hounds enough to make it to the river and out of town just before the war starts and the city is destroyed.  There he finds other refugee intellectuals in the same boat as he.

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted August 18, 2011 at 11:09 PM (Answer #2)

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This question has already been asked and answered here on eNotes.  Here are a couple of links for you (one specific and one comprehensive):  http://www.enotes.com/fahrenheit-451/q-and-a/how-montag-going-try-an-escape-69927  and   http://www.enotes.com/fahrenheit-451/search?q=montag+escape

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