Montag's hand closed like a mouth, crushed the book with wild devotion, with an insanity of mindlessness to his chest. Montag had done nothing. His hand had done it all, his hand, with a brain of its own, with a conscience and curiosity in each trembling finger, had turned thief.
In a not so distant future, books are regarded as wicked tools used to miserably distort the mind. Simpler forms of entertainment replace thoughts and relationships, and the possession of a book is a worthy cause for execution. Firefighters in the future have a fundamentally distinct motive than we are familiar with, in which they incinerate houses known to contain illegal literature.
Guy Montag, a firefighter, forms an unlikely friendship with Clarisse McClellan, his neighbor. Her innocent, yet profound conversations cause him to doubt the universally accepted societal norm that he works so diligently to protect. The long upheld illusion of happiness he forced on himself quickly dissolved into a struggle to find meaning in his life. Montag hopes to discover the passion that he lacks captured in the text of the forbidden books.
My favorite passage from the book is printed at the top of the page. I found this passage to be particularly profound due the reference to his hands stealing the book. I think this is representative to the subconscious demand for knowledge, and Ray Bradbury communicates this idea beautifully with colorful similes and personification.
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