In Fahrenheit 451, what does the firehouse look like?

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Bradbury's descriptions of the firehouse in Fahrenheit 451 are pretty mundane, which is surely deliberate. The place looks almost identical to any other firehouse we might encounter. From the showers where the firemen wash off the accumulated filth and soot to the card tables where they play games until the next call arrives, the layout of the building is familiar to anyone who's ever been inside a firehouse.

And yet the firemen who work here are anything but similar to what we might see in the real world. Their job isn't to put out fires but to start them. This makes the normality of their working environment all the more jarring and unnerving. The sheer ordinariness and banality of the firehouse stand as a stark contrast to the grotesque subversion of the fireman's duties in which Beatty, Montag, and the other men regularly engage.

Bradbury does not provide a detailed description of the outside of the firehouse in the story. However, he does describe the inside of the firehouse in Part...

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