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by Ray Bradbury

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Why do all of the firemen in Fahrenheit 451 look alike?

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In part one, Montag is at the firehouse waiting for the next alarm when he notices that the faces of the firemen playing cards are exactly alike. Each fireman has soot-covered eyebrows and is sunburnt around their cheekbones from standing in close proximity to thousands of fires. Montag also notices that the firemen playing cards have a feverish look in their eyes as they stare into their platinum igniter flames whenever they light their pipes. The firemen have charcoal hair and ash-smeared cheeks as well. Each fireman shares the same characteristic grin, which is cold and never goes away. Montag then thinks to himself,

Had he ever seen a fireman that didn't have black hair, black brows, a fiery face, and a blue-steel shaved but unshaved look? These men were all mirror-images of himself! (Bradbury, 15).

The fact that each fireman is indistinguishable from the next corresponds to Bradbury's theme of conformity and the absence of individuality. Every fireman conforms to society's...

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