In what ways is Montag from Fahrenheit 451 related to Jesus Christ?

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When Montag escapes from the city, he joins a group who call themselves the "book people".  They are a group of "hobos" who travel the countryside.  They all have one thing in common; they have all memorized important passages from books.  It is through this memorization that they will keep knowledge intact for the future.  Some memorize novels, others memorize historical texts, and still others remember science books.  Montag decides to memorize two passages from the Bible--Revelations 22:2 and Ecclesiastes 3:1.  Revelations is about the trees of life on the banks of a river that runs through a city.  The trees will heal mankind and provide food for survival.  There are passages in the verse that describe how God and the Lamb of God will come to the city and give the city light.  Ecclesiastes is a verse from the Bible that discuss the passing of time and that there is a time for everything like a time to be born, a time to die, a time to plant, and a time to uproot.  For Montag's society, perhaps there will be a time to learn.  Both of these passages predict what Montag's society will be like in the future, especially since at the end of the book, Montag watches airplanes drop bombs on the city he just escaped.  Montag will bring "light" to society in the form of the religious verses he has memorized.

It will be Montag's duty to spread the gospel, much like Jesus spread the word of God.  Montag will be the main spiritual leader in the group of "book people" as well as the society in the future.  Montag is also an individual who fought against the society's skewed values and morals.  Jesus also fought against the values of the Romans and their institutions.  Montag is a Christ-figure because of his calling to build a new religion in the faithless society that is in the process of destroying itself.

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