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Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury

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12) Why does Montag say that he feels like he’s “putting on weight”?

Montag says he feels like he’s “putting on weight” when he becomes curious about reading books. He can’t quite articulate what is happening to him but later reveals to Faber that he “could feel it for a long time, [he] was saving something up,” that he had this curiosity inside him even before he could admit it to himself. Montag remarks that it’s “a wonder it didn’t show on me, like fat.” His body somehow must feel the hunger and weight of wanting more, needing what books have to offer, before his mind can acknowledge and understand the meaning of such feelings.