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What is the ventilator in the book "Fahrenheit 451"?

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tb1 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 10, 2008 at 9:05 PM via web

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What is the ventilator in the book "Fahrenheit 451"?

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

Posted December 10, 2008 at 9:42 PM (Answer #1)

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The ventilator grille is first mentioned a few pages into the story as Montag returns home from work, "He stood looking up at the ventilator grille in the hall and suddenly remembered that something lay hidden behind the grille."  This is the vented grille in the ceiling that allows the heat and air conditioning into the room.  The grille is important to the story because it's behind the grille that Montag has hidden books he's stolen from houses where the he and the other firemen burned books.  The grille is mentioned several more times before Montag actually retrieves books from there.  It becomes a symbol for the forbidden books.

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