Compare and Contrast...First I would like to say I am new to this site and find it extremely helpful and knowledgable. It also has a great community of people. Anyway, on to the question...Could...

Compare and Contrast...

First I would like to say I am new to this site and find it extremely helpful and knowledgable. It also has a great community of people.

Anyway, on to the question...Could someone please compare and contrast Faber and Beatty?

Thanks for the help, Chris

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sarahc418 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

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Faber and Beatty are seemingly very dissimilar people. Beatty is confident with very stubborn values and beliefs. Faber cowers behind his door and doesn't want to stand up for his true beliefs. Granted, Beatty believes in what the majority believes - books are bad, knowledge leads to corruption, death, egotism etc. Whereas Faber would be in risk of death or burning if he stood up for his beliefs.

In comparison, both men are well read. Remember, Beatty spouts some famous quotations to Montag illustrating his wide range of knowledge despite his view that reading and books are dangerous. Beatty does not value the physical book whereas Faber cries out when Montag begins ripping pages from the Bible.

I hope this helps. Check out the Fahreheit section and look at the character page for more help.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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On the surface, these two men are very different.  Montag is losing faith in the society and in the part he plays as a fireman.  By contrast, Beatty defends both.  However, it seems to me that under the surface, they are both actually disillusioned.  It seems clear to me that Beatty has serious problems with the society and his role in it.  If he did not have such problems, it seems likely that he would not have pushed Montag into killing him.

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gillky | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

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On the surface, these two men are very different.  Montag is losing faith in the society and in the part he plays as a fireman.  By contrast, Beatty defends both.  However, it seems to me that under the surface, they are both actually disillusioned.  It seems clear to me that Beatty has serious problems with the society and his role in it.  If he did not have such problems, it seems likely that he would not have pushed Montag into killing him.

Thanks for your comment, I'm not sure if you misread my post but I wanted to compare and contrast Faber and not Montag, but thanks for the help anyway.

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