Faber tells Montag that they will have to work together to face Captain Beatty. Faber then tells Montag that he will read to him from the book of Job. Why is this allusion so symbolic? 

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The allusion to the book of Job has significant symbolism that relates to Montag's stressful situation. Throughout the book of Job, Satan makes a bet with the Lord that Job will not remain faithful after he loses all his possessions, family, and household. Despite suffering significant losses and having his health decline, Job remains faithful to God. Job petitions God and asks God why he has allowed him to suffer after being such a faithful servant. The Lord speaks to Job and tells him humans will never have the capacity to understand how God operates. Like Job, Montag has also suffered losses. Montag has lost his job, his wife, and his good friend, Clarisse. Another similarity to Job is how Montag is searching for answers. Montag asks Faber to help him explain texts and is searching for meaning throughout the novel. In the story of Job, the Lord restores Job to greater glory and wealth than he had previously for remaining faithful during difficult times. In the novel Fahrenheit 451, Montag finds meaning to his life and is given the opportunity to rebuild a literate society. Both stories end with positive outcomes and involve searching for meaning in life.

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