In Fahrenheit 451, Montag flies to close to the sun when he tries to read books. His ambitions are too great, and society does not let him do this. I also thought it was interesting that Beatty said his wings burnt, not melted. I thought this was because books were Montag's wings, as they were previously described as birds in the book, and they were literally burned shortly after this encounter. Another thing I noticed was that Beatty was giving so much power to society in referencing this work. Society had the power to strike someone down if they did not approve of what he or she did, and society abused this power.
I also thought it was ironic that Beatty was making an allusion to a book when yelling at Montag for keeping books. At an earlier point in the story, Beatty mentioned that he had kept a book for 24 hours. He said that nothing was written in them. However, I think he did learn from them. I think he remembered reading Daedalus and Icarus, and it may have moved him, possibly even to destroy his books so he wouldn't get caught. In this sense, Beatty is very similar to Montag, however, he does not share as much devotion as Montag does to learning.
|"The Fall of Icarus" located in the Musée Antoine Vivenel|