After Montag is finished burning the house down, Beatty arrests Montag. When Beatty begins to rebuke Montag, Montag turns on his superior and with the flamethrower, proceeds to burn Beatty to ashes.
Montag is a conformist in the totalitarian society in which he lives. He, in the beginning of the story, loves his job. However, he is manipulated repeatedly by his nemesis, Captain Beatty. Captain Beatty is a manipulator who is expert in being able to aggravate Montag into a verbal duel that is basically one-sided. Montag and Captain Beatty seem to have a relationship where the boss is always trying to pin an untruth onto one of his employees. Montag becomes discontented at work. He becomes complacent by going through the motions by not really concentrating on the job at hand.
Montag believes, “‘Something’s missing’ … ‘It’s not books you need, it’s some of the things that were once in books...The same infinite detail awareness could be projected through radios and televisors, but are not’ (Bradbury 78). Faber informed Montag of the information that was being obscured from society. Knowledge and information meant very little to it. The society gives people random and irrelevant information. As a result, the people have a false sense of knowledge and remain ignorant. Montag gets frustrated and wants help from Faber: “‘In any event, you’re a fool. People are having fun.’ ‘Committing suicide! Murdering!’ ‘Patience Montag...Our civilization is flinging itself to pieces.’ … ‘There has to be someone ready when it blows up … Who can stop me? I’m a fireman. I can burn you!’ … ‘What do you want?’ ‘I need you to teach me’ (Bradbury 83-85). Montag is determined and has a need to fix and help society. He wants everyone to become aware of the mistakes society has made, and how it is falling apart as he became aware after meeting Faber. Faber explains to Montag, “You were so recently of them yourself. They are so confident they will run on forever. But they won’t run on … I’m with you remember that. I understand how it happened … Montag, you mustn’t go back to being a fireman. All
When Montag tries to speak to Mildred about what happened, she kinda ignores him and goes back to her 3 wall tv room and watches tv. Montag runs into Clarisse on his way to work later that day, and she questions him about his wife. Later on at the fire station, Montag walks by the Mechanical Hound(a robot dog). Montag being scared of the dog asks captain Beatty about it, but Beatty just puts the question aside and talks about something else. After a couple days Montag hasn't seen Clarisse on his way and way back from work. But with news of a possible war on tv, Montag starts to think about the human beings whose books and homes he destroys almost like a guilt trip. When Montag is at the fire station the fire alarm goes off, calling the firemen to an old house in which the owner, a old lady, doesn't want to leave her home. The lady sets off a match and throws it on the floor which is covered with kerosene, causing her and her house to burn down. During all that Montag steals one of the old ladies books and takes it home with him. When Montag gets back home, he tries hard to not recall what just happen.As he gets ready for, Montag forgets where Mildred and him met. He asks Mildred if she remembers, and she doesn't,she seems
One of the major changes in this new society is depersonalization, the loss of self and intimacy. After an alarm is sent to the firehouse for a home possessing books, Montag travels to the location with the other firemen. He then discovers that this is his own house, and his wife Mildred turned him in to the firemen. Then, Beatty, the head fireman and Montag’s acquaintance, forces him to burn it down himself. After doing so, he stands outside and watches his house burn. He ruminates, “A great earthquake had come with fire and leveled the house and Mildred was under there somewhere and his entire life was under there…” (112). Despite some of these things that are a part of Montag’s life not being the most pleasant, they are still a large part of who he was. As the house is being burnt down, Montag realizes that everything about him is being destroyed with it. Without his house, Montag has nothing familiar left, and registers that his whole life is essentially gone. After killing Beatty as revenge for forcing him to destroy his home, Montag starts his escape. He stops at the house of Faber, an ex-professor he met prior to the events of the story, for help. In shock, Montag voices his wonder about how he ended up in this situation. He
He finds an ex-professor named Faber, whom he met in the park one day. Faber is reluctant, but finally agrees to aid Montag against the firemen. Faber provides Montag with a two-way radio earpiece. That evening Montag loses his temper and breaks out by reading some banned poetry aloud to his wife’s friends. Which wasn’t such a bright decision. That night at the firehouse, Beatty pokes at Montag by quoting contradictory passages from the same books. Which he’s trying to prove that all literature is confusing and problematic. Then he takes Guy to a fire alarm. Which is very astonishing because it’s at Guy’s
(STEWE-1) Montag wants to be heard and no one cares to listen because they are so where else. “‘Nobody listens anymore. I can’t talk to the walls because they’re yelling at me. I can’t talk talk to my wife; she listens to the walls. I just want someone to hear what I have to say’”(Bradbury 78). Montag has emotions and wants someone to hear for what he has to say. People are being self-centered and don’t even pay attention to the real world. No one even notices that there is a war going on. (STEWE-2) “‘Maybe the books can get us out of the cave. They just might stop us from making rather same damn mistakes’”(Bradbury 70). No one in Montag’s society does not know much because they don’t care about the books, when really they should because books can give you the knowledge that you want. (SIP-B) By Mildred and everyone else in the society leaning more and more on technology, they have all gained selfishness, and they all run on instructions, and everyone is the same person. (STEWE-1) "The small crystal bottle of sleeping tablets which earlier today had been filled with thirty capsules and which now lay uncapped and empty in the light if the tiny flare"(Bradbury 11). People like Mildred keep forgetting that they are taking these pills and are not focusing about themselves and they could commit suicide. These people are overwhelmed with the technology and people are trying to kill themselves. Maybe everyone is doing the same thing. (STEWE-2). (CS) People like Montag and Clarisse who get away from technology, understand that there is more than technology in this world and they realize that there is a thing called
Beatty uses his knowledge to attack Montag after the fireman has made the decision to join the radicals and to oppose the burning of books. Montag returns to the fire station in order to surrender a book, creating the illusion of conforming to Beatty’s expectations. Before Montag has an opportunity to speak Beatty begins to confound him with contradictory statements from
Although Beatty decides to reject what he learned when given the opportunity to read books, Beatty is unhappy with his life as a fireman and persuades Montag to kill him by using pathos as shown through his words and actions. Firstly, Beatty orders Montag to burn Montag’s own house, creating anger and sadness within Montag. Messing with Montag’s emotions makes it a pathos appeal. This action alone does not make Montag kill Beatty, but it does push to that goal. In addition, Beatty continues to irritate Montag by insulting him, saying “It was the act of a silly, damn snob” (Bradbury 118). Even though Montag was acting like a snob, or a stuck-up individual, when he read the “Dover Beach” poem to Mildred and her friends, Beatty calling Montag
Montag finds out that Mildred was the one that put in the alarm when she comes running out of the front door and into a beetle taxi mumbling about how the family is ruined. After personally burning his house down with the flamethrower, Beatty announced to him that he was under arrest. While Beatty was lecturing Montag, the green bullet fell out of his ear. Knowing he had no other choice, Montag turned the flamethrower on Beatty and watcher him burn alive. Having nowhere else to go, Montag takes off with a hurt leg due to the Mechanical Hound. Stopping at Mr. Black’s house along the way to Faber’s, Montag drops off a book and calls in an alarm to watch his house go up in flames. Continuing on his way, Montag shows up at Faber’s house where he is welcomed inside only to let Faber know he can’t stay for long.
He knows she called about his books. Captain Beatty then tells Montag again to burn all of his books, but instead he burns all of Mildred’s things. He loves the desire of burning and destroying all of her things. Captain Beatty tells Montag that he is to be arrested afterwards. All of the firemen watch as Montag’s house burns. Captain Beatty and Montag start to argue about books and their importance again. They start a physical fight. The fight escalates to Montag pointing a flame thrower at Captain Beatty. Captain Beatty goes on to taunt Montag, so Montag decides to burn Captain Beatty
Before Captain Beatty was killed, he was taunting Montag while Montag was holding a flamethrower, but did not have anything to defend himself with. Beatty knew Montag would kill him if he kept taunting Montag, so he kept on until it finally happened. Throughout the novel, Beatty seemed to be the bad guy who represented the evil side of society, but this reveals otherwise. Montag was doing what Beatty could not by defying society’s law against books. When Montag burned his own house down, that seemed to put Captain Beatty over the edge and accept the fact that Beatty was a coward who executed actions that he did not agree with. An additional important character in the novel is Professor Faber. Faber serves as a mentor to Montag in the book. He does not agree with the established rules of society, yet never personally takes action throughout the book. He describes this lifestyle in a conversation with Montag: “I’m one of the innocents who could have spoken up and out when no one would listen to the ‘guilty,’ but I did not speak and thus became guilty myself” (Bradbury 78). Faber looks back with regret on his earlier life when the ban on books began. He did not want to take action due to the fear that persecution would fall upon himself. Those experiences are what make Faber a good mentor to Montag; Faber has learned from them and is glad that Montag is not scared to do what Faber could not.
Later Captain Beatty, Montag’s captain, stops by Montag’s house to talk to him. While Beatty is there Montag just lies in bed trying to conceal one of the books he took from the house