What book has Montag chosen to memorize in Fahrenheit 451?

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In Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, Montag chooses to memorize sections of the Bible. Specifically, Montag memorizes the book of Ecclesiastes and the book of Revelations. The apocalyptic events of the war and its aftermath are reflected in the apocalyptic passages found in the book of Revelations. Montag is able to refine his knowledge about transformation and creation out of destruction from the passages he has memorized from the book of Revelations. As the book concludes, and Montag and his friends begin to navigate a post-apocalyptic world, Montag recalls a passage from Revelations that speaks of a tree of life that symbolizes the hope of the creation of a new, more peaceful society. For Montag, this tree of life is the knowledge and literacy that he and his friends plan to create as an integral part of the new society that they are planning to build from the wreckage of the former world.

From the book of Ecclesiastes, Montag memorizes passages that speak of the emptiness of societies rooted in material things and empty pursuits of wealth. Montag is able to memorize these passages and thus will be able to share the knowledge of the importance of building a society based on true meaning and cooperation. Because of this, Montag will be able to prevent the past mistakes of their former society.

Montag and his friends could also be compared to Moses and his followers, or Jesus and the disciples, as they travel sharing knowledge to the people of their world. Rather than sharing a religious teaching, however, Montag and his friends will share the importance of intellectual knowledge, literacy, and freedom of thought and critical thinking.

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