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That way lies melancholy
This is my favorite line from the novel, found on page 56, as, like many others in the book, it is so beautiful in its simplicity and depth. Melancholy is the perfect word to describe the characters in the book, from Millie and her friends to Montag himself as, even whether they speak of it or not, they know something is dreadfully wrong with the society they have helped to create, and have not one idea what to do about it.
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Fight the Power!
My favorite quote comes from Part 2 of the novel.
What traitors books can be! You think they're backing you up, and they turn on you. Others can use them, too, and there you are, lost in the middle of the moor, in a great welter of nouns and verbs and adjectives.
To me, this sums up what books are all about. Just as you think you're right in thinking one way, along comes another book with a different opinion that makes you think another way. Books never stop making us think, always challenging us to be better people, to think critically, and to accept other's opinions even when we disagree with them.
I think that the following words spoken by Montag, when he is realizing that there is something wrong with the way that his society looks at the value of books is very significant. Montag is trying to understand why the old woman would sacrifice herself for her books.
He contemplates the need for books, while secretly possessing one. It fascinates me that, even in a society, a sciece fiction creation, where people are expected and required to believe that books must be burned, that a small glimmer of curiosity, from Montag, can be the start of a revolution.
"There must be something in books, things we can't imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don't stay for nothing." (Bradbury)
This quote, to me, is an example of the depth and wisdom of the human spirit. It is because of the courage and fortitude of the individual, that humanity as a whole, has survived tragic efforts to squash liberty and freedom. As long as the individual, with intellect and freedom can think for himself, there will always be someone who asks questions of rules and rulers.
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