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What important decision does Montag make in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury?

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In Fahrenheit 451, Montag makes many important decisions. Chief among these is his decision to start reading books. After Beatty visits him at home, Montag takes his hidden stash of books, shows them to Mildred, and then decides to start reading them. As Montag explains to his wife, he is no longer content with his life and can no longer make sense of the world:

"We're heading right for the cliff, Millie. God, I don't want to go over. This isn't going to be easy. We haven't anything to go on, but maybe we can piece it out and figure it and help each other."

Montag believes that books might contain some of the answers he is searching for and pleads with Mildred to read with him.

This decision is significant because it sets in motion a number of other key events, including his meeting with Faber and the development of his plan to bring down the fireman system.

For Montag, then, his decision to read books sets him firmly on the path of rebellion from which there is no turning back.

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