In Ray Bradbury's science fiction novel Fahrenheit's 451, what insight about himself does Montag gain as he reflects on his violent actions?

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In Ray Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451, Montag ends up killing his boss Beatty who knows Montag has books in his house.

It has not been long since Montag was something of a dreamer, going about his day burning houses, and happy doing it. Like Mildred, he asked no questions about what he did. He never considered that life might have a deeper meaning beyond that of his own experiences. He certainly never imagined that he could be capable of killing someone.

The decision to kill Beatty occurs in a split second, as they stand before Montag's house and Beatty starts to taunt Montag. After Montag kills the captain, he starts to run. He just barely avoids being taken down completely by a Mechanical Hound. He staggers and hops to his garden where he had hidden some books. As he is making his way down a nearby alley, he becomes aware of something that makes him crumble where he stands.

Something inside had jerked him to a halt and flopped him down. He lay where he had fallen and sobbed, his legs folded,...

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