At the end of the novel, Fahrenheit 451, Montag has joined the group of book hobos where each member of the group has memorized an important work of literature or history. Montag has memorized two parts of the Bible, Ecclesiastes and Revelations. There is no real solution to the story because we don’t know what happens to society and Montag after he witnesses the nuclear bombing of the town where he lived and was a fireman. Bradbury doesn’t give us any hints or clues as to what is to happen to the small group of men other than perhaps a little bit of hope that once the oppressive government is destroyed, knowledge will be born again through the memorization of the books. By Montag memorizing Ecclesiastes, Bradbury suggests that there is a “time for everything” and the rebuilding of the society will come.
Here is the excerpt Montag memorizes suggesting that a new world is yet to come for the oppressed citizens of Fahrenheit 451.
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.