After turning in the bible to Beatty and being asked so many questions by him, the guilt of knowing that he had not only stolen one book but many, but only turning in one book made Montag go nuts. The obsession is so pronounced and irrational that one cannot but believe that Beatty is transplanting his fear and negative past experiences onto books as a means of avoiding having to deal with the problem. How strange, strange, to want to die so much that you let a man walk around armed and then instead of shutting up and staying alive, you go on yelling at people and making fun of them until you get them mad 122 Clearly, the captain was a truly Freudian misanthropist. There is nothing magical in them at all. And some day we'll remember so much that we'll build the biggest godd mn steamshovel in history and dig the biggest grave of all time and shove war in and cover it up. Do you notice how people hurt each other nowadays? The narrator, Ray Bradbury is saying the words. In this quote, he says that he would prefer to stay home and guide Montag from there, instead of going out and taking any risks like Montag.
A call comes in of a house containing books. He used the literary device Metaphor. Didn't I hint enough when I sent the Hound around your place? They run us so ragged by the end of the day we can't do anything but go to bed or head for a Fun Park to bully people around, break windowpanes in the Window Smasher place or wreck cars in the Car Wrecker place with the big steel ball. These two are examples of how there is no real affection in their society at all; there are just surface relationships that fill space. Then they'll feel they're thinking, they'll get a sense of motion without moving.
Come on now, we're going to go build a mirror factory first and put out nothing but mirrors for the next year and take a long look in them Don't step on the toes of the dog lovers, the cat lovers, doctors, lawyers, merchant, chiefs, Mormons, Baptists, Unitarians, second-generation Chinese, Swedes, Italians, Germans, Texans, Brooklynites, Irishmen, people from Oregon or Mexico The bigger your market, Montag, the less you handle controversy Go home and think of your first husband divorced and your second husband killed in a jet and your third husband blowing his brains out, go home and think of the dozen abortions you've had, go home and think of that and your damn Caesarian sections, too, and your children who hate your guts! It is treacherous, it will mix you up, it will force you to answer questions you never wanted to ask, and it will quite often pull the rug out from under your feet. But when Montag tries to fool him by only turning in one book, Beatty turns into a different person. You can't rid yourselves of all the odd ducks in just a few years. It's not books you need, it's some of the things that once were in books. I'm afraid of them and they don't like me because I'm afraid. She uses them, among other things, to escape from the superficiality of her life and her constant need for entertainment through such trivial objects in order to conceal her real thoughts and feelings.
The use of these natural objects presents the reader with an insight into the futuristic society that Bradbury has created and a demonstration of how a natural environment has been lost in a sea of censorship. Don't let the torrent of melancholy and drear philosophy drown our world. Beatty claims he, like Montag, once became interested in books, but he now endorses instant gratification. His hands had been infected, and soon it would be his arms. So Beatty is right to argue that books are contradictory. The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.
In this quote the author is using. If the government is inefficient, top-heavy, and tax-mad, better it be all those than that people worry over it. Thank God, I can kick back! The same things could be in the 'parlor families' today. Though Montag obeys orders to burn his own house, Beatty continues to taunt him. An Educated Leader in the Fight Against Knowledge Captain Beatty is a complex character. As leader of a fire company, he hosts an unwholesome camaraderie with the bureaucratized book burners who follow his orders. But everyone I know is either shouting or dancing around like wild or beating up one another.
And when they ask us what we're doing, you can say, We're remembering. Faber speaks these words to Montag, as he explains the importance of books. Finally, Montag has had enough, and he kills Beatty with a flamethrower. Who knows who might be the target of the well-read man? Don't Cross Him During a card game, Beatty seems to be baiting Montag to see what he can find out. The loud noise of the train radio while he was trying to learn the verses of the bible overwhelms Montag. Authors, full of evil thoughts, lock up your typewriters. When Montag pulls the flame thrower on Beatty, Beatty almost dares him, 'Go ahead now, you second-hand litterateur, pull the trigger.
He was particularly fearful of how technology might prevent people from forming…. He even mentions the Greek myth of Icarus. He seems to enjoy arguing and could have become a professor or philosopher in a more classical age. Beatty to Montag, on the importance of destroying books. Plot Summary The protagonist, Guy Montag, is a fireman whose job is to burn hidden caches of books, which are forbidden in this unspecified future society. The home environment can undo a lot you try to do at school.
Often I think what wonderful carvings never came to birth because he died. At times, you might wonder if he's actually part of the pro-book movement despite his career choice as a fireman i. He subjects Montag to a barrage of contradicting literary quotes to show him how painful knowledge creates confusion and conflict. Yet Beatty uses his extensive learning to push Montag past the breaking point and goad Montag into killing him. Something must have happened to Beatty in the past, something so traumatic that rather than facing it, Captain Beatty transfers his pain and guilt to an external object, thereby shifting the burden of guilt onto books and, more broadly, intellectualism.
Fahrenheit 451 Captain Beatty runs a fire station with an iron fist and employs firemen to set books and houses afire. They have a total disregard for others and they use fire to eliminate their woes and problems. He develops a restless dissatisfaction that cannot be quashed. They only need understanding, to know how the wheels run. In the second half of the quote, Mildred is a saying these words to Montag. We see this from his argument about the duplicity of literature.
Lesson Summary Captain Beatty comes across as a strong, caring, and knowledgeable leader in Fahrenheit 451. From one-liners that make your breath catch, to paragraphs that race, here are the Fahrenheit 451 quotes that struck me the hardest: 3. The main character, Guy Montag, is one such fireman, who slowly begins to perceive the world around him as perverse and superficial even as it slides inexorably towards a nuclear war. He is a book burner with a vast knowledge of literature, someone who obviously cared passionately about books at some point. Don't let the torrent of melancholy and drear philosophy drown our world. The public itself stopped reading of its own accord. Beatty calls books treacherous weapons, yet he uses his own book learning to manipulate Montag mercilessly.