Why does Montag take a book into the parlor in Fahrenheit 451?

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I'm assuming you mean the part of the story where Montag brings a book of poems into the parlor where his wife, Millie and a few of her friends are enjoying the pre-programmed comedy showing on the parlor walls. At this point in the novel, Montag is seriously conflicted. He wants to shake up the world and ask serious questions and see if there is any meaning left to be saved in the world, and if books can help. So he enters the parlor and asks questions, ultimately reading a poem. He has enlisted an ally by now, in the form of Faber, the old teacher he once confronted as a fireman. Now, Faber is helping him with the listening device he invented, but warns Montag to take it slow. He can't, and ends up frightening the women. The reader might consider Montag too far gone to approach this sensibly. He's burned too many books, seen too many things to behave rationally or cautiously anymore.