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Why does Montag rescue some of his books before fleeing after killing Beatty?

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Posted December 4, 2011 at 10:34 AM via web

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Why does Montag rescue some of his books before fleeing after killing Beatty?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 5, 2011 at 10:27 PM (Answer #1)

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To find out why Montag takes the books, we have to wait until we see what he does with them.  As it turns out, he hides the book in the other fireman's house while he is on his way to Faber's house.  We can infer, then, that Montag stopped to pick up the books so he could do that to Black (the other fireman).

But why would he want to?  The point is to discredit the whole society.  He had had this idea before, that putting books in the homes of firemen would make the firemen look bad and eat away at the whole system in this society.  Now he's trying to do that.

So, his purpose in doing this is to try to do one more thing to weaken the society that he has come to hate.

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