In the novel Fahrenheit 451, what three elements did Faber feel like he was missing from life?

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gmuss25 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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In a discussion with Montag, Faber admits he misses books and everything about them. He tells Montag he misses the way they smell, how they feel, and the contents of the various books he's read. He specifically misses how books contained "infinite detail" that illustrated life and the world around him. Faber also misses his freedom to express his thoughts and feelings. In Bradbury's dystopian society, individual thought is criticized and illegal. Faber explains to Montag that he was too afraid to argue his thoughts and by doing so became part of the problem. The third thing Faber misses from life is authentic leisure and time to think. In a society dominated by television, sports, and advertising, Faber misses the peace and tranquility of casually reading for aesthetic pleasure.

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I don't know that Faber feels that these things are missing from his life specifically, but he feels that the society needs three things if it is to get back to being a health society.

First, it needs good books -- books that really look carefully at the world and expose truths about the world.

Second, people need the time to read these books and to think about them.  They need leisure time.

Finally, they need rights.  They need to be allowed to talk about the books that they have read and act on the ideas that they get from these books.

If these things happen, society will improve, Faber says.

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1:The quality of information 2:Lleisure to digest it 3:The right to carry out actions based on what we learn from interactions from the first two

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