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by Ray Bradbury

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In Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, when Montag burns books, how does he feel?

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The first line and opening paragraphs of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury immediately inform readers that Guy Montag enjoys his job as a fireman who burns books, thus setting the dystopian tone of the novel.

However, after Montag’s encounters with the spirited Clarisse and the elderly woman willing to sacrifice herself for her books, his attitudes toward the job undergo significant changes.

In the novel’s third section and turning point, “Burning Bright,” Montag’s change of mind is then tested when station captain Beatty drives the Salamander truck to Montag’s house to burn the books Montag has hidden.

Montag’s initial reactions to the arrival at his house are disbelief and shock. In an instinctive, subconscious moment, he looks at what used to be Clarisse’s house, as if to evoke her spirit:

Montag’s face was entirely numb and featureless; he felt his head turn like a stone carving to the dark place next door, set in its bright border of flowers.

After Montag’s wife Mildred...

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