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What mythological creature did Beatty compare Montag to in Fahrenheit 451?

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Posted February 20, 2013 at 7:15 PM via iOS

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What mythological creature did Beatty compare Montag to in Fahrenheit 451?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 20, 2013 at 10:08 PM (Answer #1)

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Beatty compares Montag to Icarus.

The firemen already use the mythological creates of the salamander and the phoenix on their uniforms.  When Montag tries to go rogue and read the books that society prohibits, Beatty compares him to the mythological Icarus, a man who tried to fly by making wings and accidently few too close to the sun, plunging to his death.

When Beatty comes to burn Montag’s house, he is non-apologetic and almost gleeful.

Old Montag wanted to fly near the sun and now that he's burnt his damn wings, he wonders why. (part 3)

Beatty looks on with “dry satisfaction” and Montag with disbelief.  Beatty comments that people act irresponsibly as if there are no consequences, but are shocked when there are.  This is ironic because Beatty is part of the establishment that burns the books so that people will remain in a blissful ignorance.

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