Fahrenheit 451

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Fire as Motif


Which quote from the text provides an example of Montag's earlier realization that fire can be used for warmth and not just as a tool for destruction?


"Books can be beaten down with reason. But with all my knowledge and skepticism, I have never been able to argue with a one-hundred-piece symphony orchestra, full colour, three dimensions, and I being in and part of those incredible parlours."


"He [Montag] watched the dark steaming mixture pour into a collapsible tin cup, which was handed him straight off. He sipped it gingerly and felt them looking at him with curiosity. His lips were scalded, but that was good."


"You're one of the few who put up with me. That's why I think it's so strange you're a fireman, it just doesn't seem right for you, somehow."


"But who has ever torn himself from the claw that encloses you when you drop a seed in a TV parlour? It grows you any shape it wishes! It is an environment as real as the world. It becomes and is the truth."


"It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed."