Quotes from Fahrenheit 451 Part 1 ('Well, after all, this is the age…
'It was a pleasure to burn'
Quote signifies Montag's perspective of his job. He liked to burn things, as it satisfied him
'...the flapping pigeon-winged books died on the porch and lawn of the house.'
Creates an image in readers head - when books are thrown into the air the pages resemble those of a birds wings: flightless
'Montag grinned the fierce grin of all men singed and driven back by flame.'
Instead of drawing back from the heat which people would normally do, Montag enjoys the feeling because he likes the idea of controlling.
'Are you happy?'
A simple question asked by Clarisse McClellan - a naive girl who Montag met recently. This throws him off guard and is the start to his self finding/improvement which we see later on in the book.
'You never wash it off completely.'
Montag refers to the feeling of guilt he feels when burning peoples belongings, their lives. The responsibility of being a fireman has brought upon him great grief without himself knowing.
'My uncle was arrested another time - did I tell you? - for being a pedestrian'
Later on in the novel we see that Clarisse has disappeared, Mildred claims that she was walking on the footpath and run over by a vehicle. Perhaps this links with her sudden disappearance?
'Well, after all, this is the age of the disposable tissue. Blow your nose on a person, wad them, flush them away, reach for another...'
Quote tells us of how people working in the defense forces treat citizens of that society. People there are brainwashed by what the gov. feed them, and turn to drugs - to fix the problem this is how emergency services attend to it.
'Darkness. He was not happy.'
Montag's realisation sinks in when he enters the bedroom of his own house. He realises that he isn't happy, and wears a facade to hide this fact.
'You're not like the others. I've seen a few; I
Clarisse's emphasize on the word 'know' tells the audience that she's hiding something. She knows something about firemen which Montag doesn't. She also notices how Montag is different to other people, he doesn't ignore her, he doesn't treat her as if she's any different from her. Instead, he finds her quirky self-amusing, he sees her as a spark of light which has enetered his dull life.
'Were all firemen picked then for their looks as well as their proclivities?'
After his talks with Clarisse, Montag starts to notice things which seem unusual. Firemen and their similar looks, firemen doing jobs opposite to what they did in history - is he a zombie to society? Or will he find himself amidst this chain reaction?
'How do you get so empty?'
Montag claims that we won't cry if his wife - Mildred dies. He knows now, after the dandelion test he did with Clarisse that he is not happy, he is not in love, and he has lost his feelings.
'We can't burn these. I want to look at them, at least look once.'