In Fahrenheit 451, why does Montag feel fat?

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belarafon eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When Montag is questioning his own ideals and those of Beatty, his boss, he explains how he feels to Mildred, his wife:

"I'm so damned unhappy, I'm so mad, and I don't know why I feel like I'm putting on weight. I feel fat. I feel like I've been saving up a lot of things, and don't know what. I might even start reading books."
(Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, Google Books)

This is just before he reveals to Mildred that he has been collecting and hiding books in their apartment. His guilt, because he is acting against societal norms, and his inability to understand his feelings about why books are banned make him feel fat, both physically and mentally. With conflicting opinions weighing down his mind, Montag is losing control of what he believed to be a normal and obvious lifestyle; "fat" is more of a metaphor for his mind, which is unaccustomed to critical thinking, becoming stretched with strange new ideas.

nerminnermin | Student

ım not sure but ı remember that he does not feel fat  he only describe other fireman as fat and ı think its because of montag and the others differentiation. montag feel different to himself than the other fireman so he observes them and mention them about their outer appearence

ameripak95 | Student

Honestly, I don't remember reading a part where he feels fat =)...