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 In Fahrenheit 451, what are Faber's weaknesses and strengths?How does Faber help...

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jreeder04 | Student, Grade 10

Posted January 21, 2011 at 3:50 AM via web

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 In Fahrenheit 451, what are Faber's weaknesses and strengths?

How does Faber help advance the plot? What does he represent in his society? What are his effects on Montag?

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sboeman | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted January 22, 2011 at 8:50 AM (Answer #1)

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We're only supposed to respond to one question, so I will try to help you out with Faber's strengths and weaknesses.  First, his strengths: Faber is quite an intelligent man and is able to teach Montag quite a bit, such as why books are feared, etc.  He also is good with electronics, which helps because he was able to invent the two-way earpiece and keep in contact with Montag.  Finally, although Faber is a self-proclaimed "coward", he is still willing to help fight the "system" to some extent - he agrees to help Montag plant books in firemen's homes, helps Montag escape, etc.

As far as his weaknesses, as was previously mentioned, Faber does call himself a "coward".  Aside from this, Faber seems to play the "wise old man" role in the story, so he might only have that single flaw.

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