Can you recall some statement from "Fahrenheit 451" where Beatty is a paradox?

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Beatty speaks in paradoxical terms when he is describing how the society changed to Montag in the first section of the book.  He speaks in such a way that he seems disdainful of the mindless people who are so easily led in their society, yet he benefits from and seems to uphold the laws of this society.  He is a paradox in that he knows so much history and he clearly knows so many books because he is able to quote from the books.  When Beatty is trying to confuse Montag, when Montag has the ear bud in his ear in the second section of the book, he speaks of the contradictory nature of writers.  He knows so many writers and can quote so many books, that he must have done a great deal of reading himself.  The final paradox is when the firemen are at Montag's house ready to burn it and Beatty taunts Montag with his foolishness for having books.  Beatty taunts him until Montag turns the torch on Beatty and burns him.  Montag notes then that he realizes Beatty wanted to die.

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