What are three instances where characters stand up to authority? Provide quotes.

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Montag and Faber both stand up to authority several times throughout the novel. At the beginning of Part III, Beatty tells Montag that he will trace the green bullet back to its owner and Montag switches the safety off of the flamethrower. Beatty then dares Montag to pull the trigger. Bradbury writes,

"And then he was a shrieking blaze, a jumping, sprawling gibbering manikin, no longer human or known, all writhing flame on the lawn as Montag shot one continuous pulse of liquid fire on him" (113).

While Montag is on the run from the authorities, he decides to hide books in a fireman's home as a way to sabotage the system. Bradbury writes,

"He hid the books in the kitchen and moved from the house again to the alley and looked back and the house was still dark and quiet, sleeping" (123).

When Montag arrives at Faber's home to discuss how to escape the city, Faber tells him to follow the river and join a group of traveling intellectuals. Before Montag leaves, Faber mentions how he will stand up to authority by saying,

"You might hole up with them for a time and get in touch with me in St. Louis. I'm leaving on the five a.m. bus this morning, to see a retired printer there, I'm getting out in the open myself, at last" (126).

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