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Why were the alarms to burn always at night in Fahrenheit 451?
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The fire alarms always come at night because a fire burning at night gets more attention.
In Montag’s world, firemen don’t put out fires. They start them. A fireman’s job is to burn books. Houses are fireproof, so it is only the books and insides that burn.
The fire serves two purposes. It gets rid of the books, and serves as a message and warning.
Always at night the alarm comes. Never by day! Is it because the fire is prettier by night? More spectacle, a better show? (Part I)
Besides being the show, the fires are warnings to others not to keep books in their houses. Alarms are set off by neighbors who suspect books, and naturally they would want to see the fire in all its glory, so they set the alarm off at night.
At this point in the book, Montag likes being a fireman and never questions anything. When the woman chooses to burn herself with her books, he gets curious. He wants to know why anyone would do that. He wants to know what is in the books, so he steals one to see what it's all about.
Posted by litteacher8 on May 17, 2013 at 4:28 PM (Answer #1)
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