How would you describe Montag's feelings as he burns his own house?

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Montag enjoys burning his own home because it means he is destroying all of the emptiness that it represents. He wasn't happy in his home with his wife Mildred. When Montag finds out Mildred was who called the alarm on him, he decides there's no reason to save a home...

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Montag enjoys burning his own home because it means he is destroying all of the emptiness that it represents. He wasn't happy in his home with his wife Mildred. When Montag finds out Mildred was who called the alarm on him, he decides there's no reason to save a home for a broken marriage. The text describes what Montag thinks and feels as he goes from room to room with the flamethrower. First, he goes to the bedroom and burns the twin beds. Their marriage was so divided that he and his wife didn't even sleep together in the same bed. He is actually surprised when the beds burn "in a great simmering whisper, with more heat and passion and light than he would have supposed them to contain" (116). It's as if there is more emotion involved burning down the bedroom than was ever felt therein.

Next, Montag burns the bedroom walls and cosmetics chest before moving into the dining room to torch everything there. As he is torching the dishes, he remembers how empty he felt in this house "with a strange woman who would forget him tomorrow" (116). He is really feeling the futility of their relationship and their life together as he burns everything. As a result, he feels the joy of burning something again. Montag rationalizes his feelings by thinking that since there was no solution to the emptiness he felt in his life, then burning down the house that represented his emptiness is not problematic.

When Montag reaches the dreaded parlor, he takes full pleasure blasting that room with fire. He's more than happy to throw flames on the walls and screens in an effort to destroy the emptiness they always seemed to cause him.

"The emptiness made an even emptier whistle, a senseless scream. . . He cut off its terrible emptiness, drew back, and gave the entire room a gift of one huge bright yellow flower of burning" (117).

Montag really works up a sweat burning his own house. It's as if he is symbolically burning down his old life to replace it with a new one. At the end of it all, it seems as if Montag is relieved, in a way—relieved to have some closure to the unanswerable questions about his life and his marriage. All of those concerns go up in smoke just like his house.

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Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel which delineates the dangers of a society mired in conspicuous and mindless materialism; a society degraded by its distaste of intellectual stimulation and independent thought is a society that is closed and sterile. People in Fahrenheit 451 are told that books are the enemy; they are fed mindless entertainment everyday. They are taught to fear the "offensive" things that books might possibly teach them. Montag, the main character who is a fireman, lives with his wife, Mildred, who is oblivious to his dissatisfaction with their lives. He tries to read to her from books he hides in their house, but she is not interested. Instead, she turns him in and their house is slated to be burned.

Although he is shocked and angry that Mildred turns him in, his sense of outrage is soon supplanted by his desire to burn everything that reminds him of his senseless existence. He aims the flamethrower at their twin beds, reminders of his cold, loveless marriage. He sees the beds light up "with more heat and passion... than he would have supposed them to contain." If he is supposed to burn up his own house, he would derive a grim pleasure from erasing all traces of a sham existence. After all, he decides that there is no longer any reason to even have the house: Mildred, "who had gone and quite forgotten him already" would probably be more interested in listening to her Seashell radio than remembering the bonds of loyalty or the promises of any marriage vows made between them.

The fire is cathartic; he feels he is getting rid of both the problem and the solution. He vents his pent-up frustrations, grief and anger as he burns up the "great idiot monsters," the parlor wall-sized television screens "with their white thoughts and their snowy dreams," the monsters that claimed more of his wife's attention than he ever did.

If there was no solution, well then, now there was no problem either. Fire was best for everything!

So, the fire is both an act of catharsis as well as an act of rebellion. He wants a better existence than what the government has decided for him.

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