What is the key passage in Fahrenheit 451?

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In Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag comes to realize that he must completely transform his way of life and that the society in which he lives is based on lies. This realization occurs not as a single epiphany but through a series of small revelations, which lead up to a climactic scene when he kills Beatty as well as destroys his own home. The structure that Ray Bradbury created means that there are numerous key passages, each attached to one of those revelatory episodes. After Guy kills Beatty, he must flee the city. En route he visits Faber, who tells him how to escape; they also speak of the magnitude of their actions.

When Beatty tells him to burn his own house, he prefaces the command with his analysis of Montag’s situation.

“Montag, you're a burden. And fire will lift you off my shoulders, clean, quick, sure; nothing to rot later. Antibiotic, aesthetic, practical.”

As Montag...

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