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hazel22 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 15, 2012 at 6:59 AM via web

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Beatty realizes what caused Montag to start thinking. What or who was it?

This is in part 3 of the book- Burning Bright.

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schulzie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted February 16, 2012 at 9:38 AM (Answer #1)

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In Part III Montag has already visited Faber and has his little earpiece in his ear.  He returns to the fire station and hands a book to Beatty.  Beatty makes references to stray sheep returning to the fold.  But he tells Montag,

"That made you for a while a drunkard.  Read a few lines and off you go over the cliff. Bang, you're ready to blow up the world, chop off heads, knock down women and children, destroy authority.  I know, I've been through it all." (pg 106)

He is blaming Montag for reading a book and entertaining new ideas in his head.  He, Beatty, then goes on the quote numerous authors with differing ideas on the same subject.  By the time he is finished, Montag is very confused.  That is the reason Montag went to Faber in the first place.  He was confused.  Now Faber has to combat Beatty's argument with his own. 

"But I want it to be your decision, not mine, and not the Captain's.  But remember that the Captain belongs to the most dangerous enemy to truth and freedom, the solid unmoving cattle of the majority." (pg 108)

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