How does Guy Montag gain his freedom in the novel Fahrenheit 451? 

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In Fahrenheit 451, by Rad Bradbury, the protagonist Guy Montag gains his freedom near the end of the book after several events make it impossible for him to stay in town. After Montag's wife, Millie, turns him in, he is forced to burn down his own house. Montag uses his flamethrower to kill Beatty when Beatty discovers the earpiece Montag has to communicate with Faber.  Montag is stunned in the leg by the Hound but begins to run toward the only man he thinks might be able to help him—Faber.  By now the hunt is on, and Montag knows he has little time. To complicate things, war has been declared on Montag's city.  He reaches Faber after planting some books in the house of another fireman, where he calls in an alarm to distract the firemen.  He and Faber come up with a plan when they find out Montag's manhunt will be televised for all to see and that another Mechanical Hound has been brought in to help capture Montag.  Montag tells Faber to burn everything he (Montag) has touched and to clean all surfaces with alcohol.  They turn on the sprinklers and hose off the sidewalks to make it more difficult for the Hound to find Montag's scent.  Montag then takes some of Faber's old clothes and a bottle of whiskey and makes his way to the river, where he pours the whiskey over himself and puts on Faber's clothes.  Eventually, he meets up with a group of others, one of whom (Granger) gives Montag a drink that will change the odor of his perspiration, so that he can no longer be tracked.  Together, they move southward and soon witness the destruction of Montag's town.