Towards the beginning of part 3, Montag is surprised to arrive at his home during a routine firecall and learns that Mildred called in an alarm on him. Beatty then instructs Montag to use a flamethrower to burn his own house, which is a more tedious, personal experience for Montag....
Towards the beginning of part 3, Montag is surprised to arrive at his home during a routine firecall and learns that Mildred called in an alarm on him. Beatty then instructs Montag to use a flamethrower to burn his own house, which is a more tedious, personal experience for Montag. Beatty wants Montag to physically and visually experience the consequences of his actions and knows he will enjoy burning his home. Beatty subscribes to the ideology that burning one's problems is good, and fire is the ultimate antiseptic to cleanse a flawed, unpredictable world.
Although Montag is concerned about his desperate situation, he takes pleasure in burning his home. Bradbury writes that Montag wanted to "change everything" and experienced a sense of relief and satisfaction torching the parlour walls, cosmetics chest, and other pieces of furniture. Wielding the flamethrower gives Montag a feeling of control as he destroys the remnants of his former life. As the flames consume the household objects, Montag frees himself from the depressing memories of an unhappy marriage and unfulfilling lifestyle. Burning his home is a cathartic experience for Montag, who desires to completely erase his past. Bradbury describes Montag's feelings by saying,
And as before, it was good to burn, he felt himself gush out in the fire, snatch, rend, rip in half with flame, and put away the senseless problem. If there was no solution, well then now there was no problem, either. Fire was best for everything.
Montag does not experience any remorse or guilt while burning his home, because his house possesses nothing but empty, regretful memories. Other than his book collection, Montag is not sentimentally attached to anything in his home and takes pleasure in destroying everything. He feels spiritually cleansed and renewed while torching his home and becomes quite numb when he finishes.