Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 quote

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“Montag could not move. A great earthquake had come with fire and leveled the house and Mildred was under there somewhere and his entire life under there and he could not move. The earthquake was still shaking and falling and shivering inside him and he stood there, his knees half bent under the great load of tiredness and bewilderment and outrage, letting Beatty hit him without raising a hand” (112).

Questions :

1. What does Bradbury mean by an “earthquake”? Is the earthquake real, or is it something else? What is meant here?

2. What is meant by “... and Mildred was under there somewhere …”?

3. How can Beatty hit Montag without raising a hand?

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There is not a real earthquake. Montag feels it metaphorically. He is literally burning his old life down. Mildred is gone and he is laying waste to everything she was to him. This is a life changing moment for Montag.

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