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In "Fahrenheit 451," what are three necessary things that Faber tells to...

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Posted December 18, 2008 at 10:51 AM via web

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In "Fahrenheit 451," what are three necessary things that Faber tells to answer Montag's question about books?

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mrs-campbell | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 18, 2008 at 10:58 AM (Answer #1)

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Faber explains that you need books for three reasons:

1.  "They have quality", which means that they show all of the layers of truth, instead of just skimming over it and presenting it on one way.  They have textures, pores, layers, and because of it, can tell more truth than anything else can.

2.  "Leisure...time to think."  Books actually make you slow down, and ponder the meaning of life.  You can process them instead of having them shoved down your throat, as with the t.v. walls.  With movies, everything is presented for you, and you are told, convinced, through sensory experiences, to think they way they want you to.  Books simply present the information, and you have the leisure to think about it as you please.

3.  "The right to carry out actions based on what we learn from the interaction of the first two."  Once we have experienced quality and layered truth, had the time or leisure to process, then we can act on what we have learned.

Montag learns all of this from Faber, and they decide to take #3 literally, to start printing books underground again, and distributing them.  Unfortunately, their plans don't pan out. 

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted December 18, 2008 at 11:03 AM (Answer #2)

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In part two of "Farenheit 451," Montag goes to Faber, an old English Professor, for help understanding books.  Faber tells Montag three things. Montag asks, " Where do we go from here? Would books help us?"   Faber tells him," Number one, as I said: quality of information." The quality of the book's information must be more that just reading the words supplied, the books need to be studied which lead to  "Number two: leisure to digest it."  Without the time and the ability to look at, study and discuss the information within the books they are not useful.  Then the final and most difficult step was, "Number three: the right to carry out actions based on what we learn from the interaction of the first two.  And I hardly think a  very old man and one fireman turned sour could do much this late in the game..."

Faber trying to explain to Montag that even if they had the first two parts of the equation, the chances of them ever getting the right to change things was lost.

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