Montag compares himself to a conductor. What does this symbol mean?  

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The classic science fiction novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury tells of a fireman whose job, instead of putting out fires, is burning books. During the course of the story, Montag's conscience begins to bother him until he realizes that what he has been doing is wrong. In the beginning, however, he is fully committed to book burning. In the second paragraph, Bradbury writes:

It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed. With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world, the blood pounded in his head, and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing...

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