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Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury

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Quote #7

Far down the boulevard, four blocks away, the beetle had slowed, spun about on two wheels, and was now racing back, slanting over on the wrong side of the street, picking up speed. (3.121)

Look at the thirst for violence here, even in a car full of children. Clarisse wasn’t exaggerating…

Quote #8

The fire was gone, then back again, like a winking eye. He stopped, afraid he might blow the fire out with a single breath. But the fire was there and he approached warily, from a long way off. It took the better part of fifteen minutes before he drew very close indeed to it, and then he stood looking at it from cover. That small motion, the white and red colour, a strange fire because it meant a different thing to him.

It was not burning; it was warming. (3.270-1)

This is the first time Montag realizes that there are two parts to the cycle of life – destruction and also creation.

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