What revelation does Montag have about Beatty after he kills him in "Fahrenheit 451"?How does Beatty's ability to quote from literature actually foreshadow this understanding of his...

What revelation does Montag have about Beatty after he kills him in "Fahrenheit 451"?

How does Beatty's ability to quote from literature actually foreshadow this understanding of his character?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Montag realizes that after he has burned and killed Beatty that Beatty kept antagonizing Montag because Beatty WANTED TO DIE.  The fact that Beatty is able to quote from literature so well and so completely indicates that he is extremely well-read and perhaps even owns a plethora of books himself.  Perhaps he has hated his life longer than anyone knows and was looking for someone just like Montag who will have the guts to go through with killing him. 

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