Montag enjoys burning books. "It was a pleasure to burn. It was special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed," (Bradbury 3).
Montag does not think for himself. "Why are you laughing?" "I don't know. " "You laugh when I haven't been funny and you answer right off. You never stop to thinnk what I've asked you," (Bradbury 8).
Montag begins to question himself. "Are you happy?" (Bradbury 10). "He was not happy. He said the words to himself. He recognized this as the true state of affairs," (Bradbury 12).
Montag is coming to terms with his attachment to books. "When he was done he looked down upon some twenty books lying at his wife's feet," (Bradbury 65-66).
Montag is thinking for himself. "Are things like that in books? But it came off the top of my mind!" "You didn't fancy it up for me or anyone, even yourself," (Bradbury 85).
With the burning of Beatty, Montag has set himself, his hesitations, and his restraints free. "Beatty flopped over and over, and at last twisted in on himself like a charred wax doll and lay silent," (Bradbury 119).