At the end of Fahrenheit 451, what city are they going to?

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The exact location of Bradbury's dystopian novel is never specially mentioned, but one can infer that it is more than likely a significant city in the United States. In the story, the big cities of Chicago and St. Louis are mentioned, which suggests that the dystopian city is somewhere in...

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The exact location of Bradbury's dystopian novel is never specially mentioned, but one can infer that it is more than likely a significant city in the United States. In the story, the big cities of Chicago and St. Louis are mentioned, which suggests that the dystopian city is somewhere in the United States. In Part Three, Montag ends up killing Captain Beatty and becomes a fugitive. While Montag is fleeing the authorities, he visits Professor Faber's home and Faber instructs him to travel down the river and meet up with a group of traveling intellectuals surviving in the wilderness. Montag follows Faber's instructions and successfully flees the dystopian city before the authorities can capture him. Shortly after meeting the book people, an atomic bomb is dropped on the dystopian city. At the end of the novel, Montag, Granger, and the group of traveling intellectuals walk towards the ruins of the unnamed dystopian city with plans of rebuilding a literate society.

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In Part Three of Fahrenheit 451, a bomb is dropped on Montag's city and it is destroyed in a matter of seconds. Montag and the others spend the night on the abandoned railroad tracks while they wait for the chaos to die down. The next day, they set off towards this same city where they intend on helping those who have survived the bomb attack. As Granger says, they will meet a lot of people who will need support to start over:

"We're going to meet a lot of lonely people in the next week and the next month and the next year."

Montag's return to his home city brings his journey full-circle: he now has the opportunity to build a society in which censorship is not the norm and the firemen no longer rule. In other words, he has the opportunity to realise his dream.

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