In Fahrenheit 451, why does Granger believe the cities won't fare well soon?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

The inhabitants of the cities won’t do well because war has broken out and many of the cities will be bombed with atomic weapons. Towards the end of the novel, Granger informs Montag that the city he just came from had been reduced to a heap of powder. Granger then talks about the mythical phoenix, the bird that is burned and constantly reborn out of its ashes. He makes the analogy between the phoenix and humankind. He says that the difference between the phoenix and humans is that humans are aware of their repetitive destructive nature. Granger hopes that humans will eventually remember enough history and obtain enough wisdom to stop the cycle of destruction.

See eNotes Ad-Free

Start your 48-hour free trial to get access to more than 30,000 additional guides and more than 350,000 Homework Help questions answered by our experts.

Get 48 Hours Free Access
Approved by eNotes Editorial