"It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed"- Pg. 1
Montag Influenced by Clarisse
"I'm afraid of children my own age. They kill each other. Did it always used to be that way? My uncle says no. Six of my friends have been shot in the last year alone, Ten of them in car wrecks." Pg. 27
Montag Grows Sick
"You weren't there, you didn't see, There must be something in books, things we can't imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don't stay for nothing." Pg. 48
Montag is introduced burning down a home full of books, describing how the flames fuel him and how much he enjoys destruction. He is completely brainwashed by his society at this point.
Montag Becomes a Student
"Nobody listens any more. I can't talk to the walls because they're yelling at me. I can't talk to my wife; she listens to the walls. I just want someone to hear what I have to say. And maybe if I talk enough, it'll make enough sense. And I just want you to teach me to understand what I read." Pg. 78
Clarisse influences Montag by making him realize that life is artificial and sped up, with TVs for walls and stretched out billboards. This makes Montag question everything he used to believe in and question if he's doing the right thing or not.
"Well-so there's more here than I thought. I saw you tilt your head, listening. First I thought you had a seashell. But when you turned clever later, I wondered. We'll trace this and drop in on your friend" Pg. 112
Montag becomes metaphorically sick when he begins to internalize what Clarisse told him, and he questions life and everything involved. He decides he doesn't want to go to work, and it's revealed he's hiding 20 books in his house
Montag Find Fulfillment
Montag seeks more information about books so he seeks out an old friend of his, Faber, a retired professor who regret not taking action when books were being banned. This causes him to support Montag, as he aims to return books to society.
After Montag and Faber meet Montag goes to work to enact their plan to frame firemen. It goes well up until a call is made to Montag's house to burn his books. Montag complies up until Captain Beatty backs him into a corner, and Montag decides he's enough, killing Beatty with the very device that burned all of his possessions.
After killing Beatty, Montag runs away through alleyways, streets and eventually downstream a river where he meets a group of scholars. They all talk about books and memorizing them. After Nuclear war breaks out the speak of rebuilding society to be better than what it originally was.
“There was a silly damn bird called a Phoenix back before Christ, every few hundred years he built a pyre and burned himself up. He must have been first cousin to Man. But every time he burnt himself up he sprang out of the ashes, he got himself born all over again" Pg. 156.