Analysis Of Books In Ray Bradbury's 'Fahrenheit 451'

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Faber’s Knowledge Books are something everyone takes advantage of, nobody knows how important they are until they’re gone. In Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 Montag goes to Faber to seek advice about the books. He finds out Faber’s beliefs in book’s purpose, quality, and the leisure of people. Faber also believes that fear of the truth in books drove people away, and now without the books there is only chaos. When Faber told Montag what the purpose of books were, he spoke, “Books are a receptacle where we stored a lot of things we were afraid we might forget,” so without them everything would slowly be forgotten (83). The books were gone and so with them the information of the past was lost. Without these “receptacles” being there for what they were made for, the information was gone. Now they were just fed to fire. The things that they were…show more content…
Faber talked to Montag about how books have “quality“. In Faber’s words, “They show pores in the face of life,” and that’s what people wanted to stay away from, because you had to think and do(83). That is exactly what people didn’t want, they just wanted to have fun and be entertained. They didn’t want to have to think for themselves. So why do it? For instance when Mildred had her friends over they were enjoying themselves while huddled around the “telivisor“. This was their enjoyment, their fun. Then, when Montag read the poem, things changed, “Mrs. Phelps was crying,” then Mrs. Bowles angrily said, “… I always said poetry and tears, poetry and suicide and crying and awful feelings, poetry and sickness; all that mush!” (101). Just reading one thing, one poem caused distress. The poem made them think about something real. It makes people think and feel, instead of just watching something like the televisor. It caused anger, and sadness. It made things just a little more difficult. It created

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