In the infamous Hound chase scene, where does Montag go and why? What significance does this have on the novel as a whole?
After leaving Faber's house, Montag finds himself caught in a serious situation after the Parlor revealed that the Mechanical Hound- with its lethal intentions- is actively seeking Montag's head. Montag, wanted for murder and corruption, sprints off through town with his hope set on reaching the river. The river is his ideal destination, because it will mask his scent that the Hound is actively pursuing. The scene of Montag jumping into the river is symbolic, because it serves as a moment of cleansing one's past, almost leaning to an idea of new life and re-birth, a second chance perhaps. Soon after, a scapegoat is selected, and a fake Montag is officially declared "dead" in the news. The river marks the transition into Montag's cleansed life, in which no longer carries the burden of having to go to work as a book burning fireman.