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Fahrenheit 451

Your_Conscience
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7/28/2016 2:21:34 PM
Posted: 4 months ago
In Ray Bradbury's novel, Fahrenheit 451, we are presented with a bleak existence for humanity. Guy Montag is employed to burn books down and his nation is destroyed in a war.

My question, for those who have read it, is why Guy Montag burned his Captain to death? In addition, what did killing him mean in a metaphorical sense? I understand that Captain Beatty was a threat to Montag, but Beatty had extensive and accurate knowledge of books and history. If preserving knowledge is Montag's ultimate goal, why would he incinerate a man that possessed that much knowledge?
I_Wanna_Rawk
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7/28/2016 2:48:56 PM
Posted: 4 months ago
At 7/28/2016 2:21:34 PM, Your_Conscience wrote:
In Ray Bradbury's novel, Fahrenheit 451, we are presented with a bleak existence for humanity. Guy Montag is employed to burn books down and his nation is destroyed in a war.

My question, for those who have read it, is why Guy Montag burned his Captain to death? In addition, what did killing him mean in a metaphorical sense? I understand that Captain Beatty was a threat to Montag, but Beatty had extensive and accurate knowledge of books and history. If preserving knowledge is Montag's ultimate goal, why would he incinerate a man that possessed that much knowledge?

Pretty sure it was because Beatty posed a threat, like you said. It was also symbolic, as he was the only visible and true "incarnation" of the people's will and desire to burn the books. I may be off, it's been awhile since I read it.
Hayd
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7/30/2016 9:02:48 PM
Posted: 4 months ago
At 7/28/2016 2:21:34 PM, Your_Conscience wrote:
In Ray Bradbury's novel, Fahrenheit 451, we are presented with a bleak existence for humanity. Guy Montag is employed to burn books down and his nation is destroyed in a war.

My question, for those who have read it, is why Guy Montag burned his Captain to death? In addition, what did killing him mean in a metaphorical sense? I understand that Captain Beatty was a threat to Montag, but Beatty had extensive and accurate knowledge of books and history. If preserving knowledge is Montag's ultimate goal, why would he incinerate a man that possessed that much knowledge?

Fahrenheit 451 is one of my favorite books. but I'd have to reread the passage again, I can't quite remember and I feel only someone who recently read the book could answer it.
lannan13
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8/4/2016 1:04:41 AM
Posted: 4 months ago
The books aren't burned because there's an oppressive government. It's because the people are too lazy to read and they don't want to be offended.
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