What evidence supports the characterization of Montag as curious?

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In the book, one of the greatest instances of Montag's curiosity is when he asks his fellow firemen about how things used to be. Here's the quote:

Montag hesitated, "Was-was it always like this? The firehouse, our work? I mean, well, once upon a time..." "Once upon a time!" Beatty...

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In the book, one of the greatest instances of Montag's curiosity is when he asks his fellow firemen about how things used to be. Here's the quote:

Montag hesitated, "Was-was it always like this? The firehouse, our work? I mean, well, once upon a time..."
"Once upon a time!" Beatty said. "What kind of talk is THAT?"
Fool, thought Montag to himself, you'll give it away. At the last fire, a book of fairy tales, he'd glanced at a single line. "I mean," he said, "in the old days, before homes were completely fireproofed " Suddenly it seemed a much younger voice was speaking for him. He opened his mouth and it was Clarisse McClellan saying, "Didn't firemen prevent fires rather than stoke them up and get them going?"

On the surface, one can say that Clarisse piqued Montag's curiosity about how things used to be. However, it's evident that Clarisse's words left a great impression on Montag because he had already been questioning the status quo.

Here's another quote, this time from the middle of the book:

What was it Clarisse had said one afternoon? "No front porches. My uncle says there used to be front porches. And people sat there sometimes at night, talking when they wanted to talk, rocking, and not talking when they didn't want to talk. Sometimes they just sat there and thought about things, turned things over. My uncle says the architects got rid of the front porches because they didn't look well. But my uncle says that was merely rationalizing it; the real reason, hidden underneath, might be they didn't want people sitting like that, doing nothing, rocking, talking; that was the wrong kind of social life. People talked too much. And they had time to think. So they ran off with the porches. And the gardens, too . . ."

This is an important quote because it again highlights Montag's curiosity about how things used to be. More importantly, it helps us understand why Montag is rebelling. In the past, people were allowed to read, think about what they read, and discuss their readings. In Montag's dystopian society, such reading (or philosophizing) is considered dangerous. Citizens who can think for themselves are less likely to be manipulated.

Earlier in the story, Montag laments that "nobody knows anyone." People in his society are disengaged from the larger culture and alienated from each other. There is no intellectual discourse, as many have been lulled into a state of cognitive stupor from the incessant radio broadcasts.

Mrs. Black, are you asleep in there? he thought. This isn't good, but your husband did it to others and never asked and never wondered and never worried. And now since you're a fireman's wife, it's your house and your turn, for all the houses your husband burned and the people he hurt without thinking. The house did not reply.

In this quote, Montag wonders whether Mrs. Black supports everything her husband has done. Specifically, he wonders whether she is sorry for her husband's participation in book burnings. Of course, the house provides no answer. But, Montag's questions demonstrate his curiosity about the motivations of those who appear to support the dystopian status quo.

Here, he hides some books in the Black household. The implication is that he will frame the Blacks for harboring supposedly subversive reading materials. Montag wants the Blacks to suffer for all the pain and hardship Mr. Black inflicted on others. Yet, even though he wonders about Mrs. Black's motivations and whether she feels any remorse, there is every indication that he's past caring at this point in the story.

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