In "Fahrenheit 451" did Beatty want Montag to kill him in the third part?

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As others have commented, after turning on Beatty and killing him with fire, Beatty's own weapon of destruction, Montag concludes that "Beatty wanted to die," because at such a dangerous moment he kept on "needling" people and "yelling" at them. Beatty did not try to get out of harm's way.

Yet I have often questioned this. It seems more a rationale Montag came up with to justify his act. Beatty is a bold character who has risen to command through his courage, intelligence, and adeptness at psychology. He is astute in figuring out Montag's attraction to books and uses psychology to try to...

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Beatty was someone who had learned what the wrong ways of the society had done. Yet still, went back to burning the things that had taught him the very thing that sought out in the begging. He wanted to be burned because as quoted "don't face a problem, burn it." He burned his problem away because he no longer wanted to go back to supporting the "tyranny of the majority" and the evils the society had committed.

 

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