In "Fahrenheit 451" what do you think Montag is talking about in this line?  What do you think it is subtly revealing to the reader?"And,again,he saw himself in a green park talking to an old man,...

In "Fahrenheit 451" what do you think Montag is talking about in this line?  What do you think it is subtly revealing to the reader?

"And,again,he saw himself in a green park talking to an old man, a very old man and the wind from the park was cold too."

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mrs-campbell eNotes educator| Certified Educator

On the literal level, it is referring to a time in the past when Montag was in a park and sat next to an old man on a park bench, and had a real conversation with him.  Montag had already thought of this incident before several times, the first time right after he met Clarisse.  His meeting with Clarisse reminded him of that

"afternoon ...when he had met an old man in the park and they had talked."

Clarisse, and this man, are the only two people he can remember ever having a real conversation with, who he had actually talked to in depth, on a level deeper than the superficial.  The conversation with this man impacted Montag so much that he remembered it through the years, and it ended up being what helps guide him along his path in the story.  It is foreshadowing that this man is going to somehow become significant in Montag's life, and not in sunshiney, happy ways.  The changes will be good, but hard and bitter, like a cold wind.  Bradbury uses imagery quite a bit to symbolize things in his writing, and describing a cold wind at their original meeting could foreshadow the difficult times coming for both of them.  And, the fact that Montag keeps remember the man in the park alludes to the man's future significance in Montag's life.

I hope that those thoughts help; good luck!

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