What is the significance of Granger's grandfather?

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Unlike Millie, over whose death Montag feels nothing, Granger's grandfather contributed in concrete ways to society. He was sculptor who carved wood, he helped clean up the slums, he raised doves and pigeons, he told jokes, and he played the violin. His life made such an impact on the world...

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Unlike Millie, over whose death Montag feels nothing, Granger's grandfather contributed in concrete ways to society. He was sculptor who carved wood, he helped clean up the slums, he raised doves and pigeons, he told jokes, and he played the violin. His life made such an impact on the world that Granger immediately understood and grieved the loss his death represented. His grandfather had really been alive in the world.

Granger's grandfather also showed people films of V-2 rockets blowing up cities in the hope that it would inspire people to think about preserving some wilderness and green space. He cared about the planet. His ability to create and leave behind some part of himself meant his life mattered, unlike Millie, who sadly created nothing and who lived in a dream world of television watching.

Granger states that he will always remember his grandfather and the words his grandfather spoke to him, words also meant to help Montag live life fully:

Grandfather's been dead for all these years, but if you lifted my skull, by God, in the convolutions of my brain you'd find the big ridges of his thumbprint. He touched me. As I said earlier, he was a sculptor. 'I hate a Roman named Status Quo!' he said to me. 'Stuff your eyes with wonder,' he said, 'live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories

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