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by Ray Bradbury

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In Fahrenheit 451, why can't Montag run?

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The point in which Montag would need to run would be in the final part of the book.  It is at this point in which Montag has recognized "the truth."  Montag understands his own condition and one that is no longer welcome in the world of burning books.  Montag has recognized that he needs to break apart from such a setting.  Running becomes a physical and symbolic act.  

From a symbolic point of view, Montag recognizes that he needs to run.  He needs to flee as far away from his world as possible.  His relationship with Mildred is broken and he no longer is blind to the implications of his job.  Physically, Montag is unable to run as fast as he would like because of his confrontation...

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