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In Fahrenheit 451, which passage describes when Montag burns his home and when he...

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lol1234 | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted December 15, 2012 at 5:18 PM via web

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In Fahrenheit 451, which passage describes when Montag burns his home and when he kills Beatty? (One for each)

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schulzie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted December 24, 2012 at 8:51 PM (Answer #1)

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Montag is conflicted. He is finally at a point that he feels he cannot go out and burn any more houses. On his last trip, he finds himself in front of his own home. This occurs at the end of Part II. (pg 110).

Beatty confronts him.

"Didn't I hint enough when I sent the Hound around your place." (pg 113)

Faber is talking to Montag in his ear. Montag is stunned that they have finally come to his house to burn it down. Beatty taunts him.

"What a dreadful surprise.....For everyone nowadays knows, absolutely is certain that nothing will ever happen to me. Others die, I go on.....By the time the consequences catch up with you, it's too late, isn't it Montag?"

Montag asks if his wife has turned him in and Beatty informs him that she did along with the neighbors he upset with his poetry reading. However, Beatty said he tried to downplay that report. Then Beatty gives Montag an order. He wants him to burn his own house by himself.

"Not with kerosene and a match, but piecework, with a flame thrower. Your house, your cleanup." (pg 116)

Montag does as he is told. He goes through each room of the house and sets it on fire. When he is finished, Beatty tells him he is under arrest. Beatty continues to taunt Montag until Montag finally takes the safety off the flame thrower and aims it at Beatty. Instead of showing fear, Beatty says,

"Why don't you belch Shakespeare at me, you fumbling snob?.......Go ahead now, you second-hand litterateur, pull the trigger." (pg 119)

Suddenly Montag shot the flame thrower, and Beatty was ablaze with fire.

".....no longer human or known, all writhing flame on the lawn as Montag shot one continuous pulse of liquid fire on him." (pg 119)

He then turned the flame thrower on the other firemen and told them to turn around. They did. The Hound was suddenly there, and he turned the flame thrower on him. However, the Hound was able to stick his anethesizing needle into his leg before he died. Montag now had to get out of town. They put on a citywide search for him, and he has an anethesized leg. He heads towards Faber's house.

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