Starting on p.
a pleasure to burn.”
and ending on
p. 4 with
dark with burning.
This passage shows the perverse pleasure Montag gets out of burning things. It is clear things are not normal
when we see a fireman who loves to burn. In the first sentence we see how he loves to destroy because he likes to see things
“eaten” and “blackened.” These words usually are horrifying for people, but they bring pleasure for
Montag. Also usually horrifying is the image of a python spitting out its venom, but in the metaphor comparing a dangerous
python to the fire hose spitting out kerosene, we see the sense of power and enjoyment Montag gets out of yielding the hose.
on, Montag likens his job to that of a conductor playing a symphony. He clearly thinks the act of setting something on fire
is like a piece of art or performing an art.
One final image that shows Montag’s pleasure at the horrific act of burning is the metaphor of “pigeon-winged”
books dying on the porch and lawn. Sadly, while the books try to liberate themselves like a bird, they only die a pathetic
death. Montag feels no pity and only thinks of humorously roasting a marshmallow in the flames.
Starting on p. 79 with “Shut
up, shut up, shut up!”
and ending on p. 79 with “…shaft
in the earth.”
This passage demonstrates
the growing conflict between Montag and his society. Montag is trying to understand a past when books were used to solve problems.
As he reads, the repetitive ad seems to try to hinder him. In frustration, he stands up and yells, “Shut up, shut up…”
“gorged face,” gibbering, dry mouth” make him seem mad with anger and confusion.
I think the ad
represents Montag’s society; It wants to stop everyone from learning or even thinking. It uses technology as a supplement.
This is shown by “chromium, tin, copper, silver, and brass.” The other people on the train appear to be “followers”
as they “[tap] their feet to the rhythym of Denham’s Dentrifice.”
of “the train vomiting upon Montag in retaliation” accentuates the altercation between Guy and his world. The
train is protesting Guy’s action.
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