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What does the name Faber mean in the book "Fahrenheit 451"?

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love--17 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 22, 2010 at 12:29 PM via web

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What does the name Faber mean in the book "Fahrenheit 451"?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 23, 2010 at 2:10 AM (Answer #1)

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The name itself comes from a word meaning someone who makes stuff. It comes from the Latin word meaning a craftsman.


In the afterword to one edition of the book, Ray Bradbury points out that Faber is part of the name of a pencil making company, Faber-Castell. But he says that he did not consciously name Faber after the pencil company.
He thinks that maybe unconsciously he did and that he named Montag after a paper company because pencils and paper equal writing equal books.

So it does not seem that Bradbury had anything in mind when he named the character.

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melongirl | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 28, 2010 at 6:43 AM (Answer #2)

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Faber is a name of a pencil company

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