What was Montag and Faber's plan in "Fahrenheit 451"? To kill Beatty? To hide books in firemen’s home? Faber’s way to the book people?

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luannw | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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The plan that Faber and Montag have is to plant books in the homes of firemen so that the firemen will get arrested and there will be no one to enforce the anti-book laws.  Montag says he wants to have "...the salamander devour its own tail,", or bring the society down from the inside.  Montag has a few books of his own, but they know those aren't enough and Faber doesn't keep books around either.  They decide that Montag should go home and get some money, give that money to Faber, and Faber will then give the money to a man he knows who owns a printing press.  They will have books printed that they can then plant in the homes of firemen.  The plan is not enacted because Montag is arrested when the fire run is to his house.  That's when Montag, in a fit of anger and passion, turns the flame thrower on Beatty.  He never planned to kill Beatty, it was a sudden decision.  Faber tells Montag how to get in touch with the book people only when Montag is on the run as a fugitive after he killed Beatty.

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answerstome | Student | eNotes Newbie

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Luannw is right but when he makes it to the book people he sees as that a random civilian is killed to make up his death. So he doesnt run as a fugitive he runs as a deceased man. 

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