What is the significance of the opening of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451?

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Within the context of the opening passage, Montag demonstrates some potential for creative thought and some interest in creative ideas.

In this introduction to Montag, the reader learns that he derives pleasure from watching things be destroyed:

It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed.

While the act of destruction is negative, it is, nevertheless, a form of creativity. For instance, Montag feels that his hands are those of "some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning." 

A fireman who takes pleasure in burning in a musical sense, Montag wears his "symbolic helmet" on his "stolid head" and his eyes are "all orange flame with the thought of what came next." He also wants to follow...

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