Fahrenheit 451

What is the significance of Montag’s being “fully aware of his entire body”—why is that so unusual for him?

What is the significance of Montag’s being “fully aware of his entire body”—why is that so unusual for him?

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Montag lives in a world in which anything "sensual" is ignored. The people have been taught to avoid their senses; what little they do emphasize is through hearing (with the seashell radios) and with their eyes only to see the screens with the families. People do not expect others to feel anything or to be aware of all senses at one. To feel fully alive is an entirely new sensation brought on by new stimulation as Montag goes into the forest and begins his new life.

Montag being fully aware of his entire body means that the transformation has been completed. He's aware of his actions and if they are right or wrong. Before, his 'hands' seemed to act on their own, which was probably his instinct. He wasn't completely sure before but now he knows what to do and he is aware of his hands doing something. He doesn't feel guilty for his deeds as he allows his hands to do what they are about to.

because he is a human

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the book