Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quote #4

"Only a week ago, pumping a kerosene hose, I thought: God, what fun!"

The old man nodded. "Those who don't build must burn. It's as old as history and juvenile delinquents."

"So that's what I am."

"There's some of it in all of us." (2.204-7)

It’s passages like this that remind us: Fahrenheit 451 isn’t as clear-cut as it seems. This isn’t a case of good guys create, bad guys destroy. We’re reminded that both construction and destruction are part of life, and that even the good guys have predilections for both.

Quote #5

A minute later, Three White Cartoon Clowns chopped off each other's limbs to the accompaniment of immense incoming tides of laughter. Two minutes more and the room whipped out of town to the jet cars wildly circling an arena, bashing and backing up and bashing each other again. Montag saw a number of bodies fly in the air.

"Millie, did you see that?"

"I saw it, I saw it!" (2.259-61)

These women are as fascinated by violence as Clarisse claims her classmates to be.

Quote #6

The sight of it rushed the men out and down away from the house. Captain Beatty, keeping his dignity, backed slowly through the front door, his pink face burnt and shiny from a thousand fires and night excitements. God, thought Montag, how true! Always at night the alarm comes. Never by day! Is it because the fire is prettier by night? More spectacle, a better show? (2.368)

Words like "pretty" and "beautiful" are used several times on Fahrenheit 451, and often to describe flames. Violence is not only everyone’s favorite pastime, but an art form as well

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