In Fahrenheit 451, how does Montag end up feeling after he burns Captain Beatty?

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At the beginning of Part 3, "Burning Bright," of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, the protagonist, Montag, is taking a grim satisfaction in the process of burning down his own house and its despised television wall with the flamethrower he usually employs to incinerate the books of others. His superior, Beatty, had forced him to do so, taunting him all the while, after Montag's wife Millie had turned him in for keeping a forbidden cache of books.

When Beatty angrily hits Montag, knocking loose the ear piece through which Professor Faber communicates with him, Beatty picks it up and tells Montag he'll trace the device back to its human source. Horrified, Montag yells, "No," and aims the flamethrower at him. Beatty continues to bait the fireman with literary jibes until Montag almost reflexively incinerates him. Soon after, the Mechanical Hound meets the same fate.

Montag falls on the ground, sobbing, and realizes "Beatty wanted to die." His superior sought his own death, and simply goaded Montag into killing him. Despite this realization, Montag continues to cry, and thinks, "He hadn't wanted to kill anyone, not even Beatty." He thinks, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, oh God, sorry..."

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When he kills Captain Beatty, Montag moves against him merely as a dangerous impediment to his action. However, later on, Montag questions his earlier feelings and regrets his actions.

In the third part of Fahrenheit 451, "Burning Bright," Montag realizes that Mildred has turned him in because Beatty arrives and orders Montag to burn his own house. Hurriedly, Montag destroys his hidden books, but when he drops the miniature transmitters provided by professor Faber, Beatty threatens to trace them to their owner. Determined not to allow harm to Faber, Montag turns the flamethrower upon Beatty, ironically reversing Beatty's philosophy of fire's being "antibiotic, aesthetic, practical" upon his captain. Also, Montag destroys the Mechanical Hound with his flamethrower, but only after it injects his leg with anesthesia.

Later, however, Montag regrets his murder of Beatty as he realizes that he acted irrationally against Beatty, perceiving him as representative of the ills of his society. As he flees with a few books that were not burned, Montag acknowledges that Beatty has taunted him, needling him to kill his captain: "Beatty wanted to die." But Montag is distraught because he really did not want anyone to die; he begins to cry as he envisions Beatty engulfed in flames: "He bit at his knuckles. I'm sorry, I'm sorry, oh God, sorry..."

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