In Fahrenheit 451, what is one of the three things Faber says is missing from society?

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In Fahrenheit 451, Faber says that three things are missing from society: high-quality information, the freedom to digest that information, and the ability to act based on what people learn from the interaction of those two things.


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In part two, Montag visits Faber's home in order to receive help comprehending the information he has been reading. During his visit, Faber elaborates on the importance of literature to society. Faber explains to Montag that there are three necessary elements missing from their dystopian society. He tells Montag that their society is in desperate need of quality information. In the dystopian nation, information has been diluted and watered down to the point that classic works of literature no longer resemble themselves. The population consumes mindless entertainment and intellectual pursuits are considered illegal. Without quality information, the population is becoming increasingly ignorant, intolerant, and violent.

The second essential element that society is missing is appropriate leisure time to digest quality information. Montag's society is fast-paced and immediate. Citizens no longer have leisure time to enjoy and analyze literature. Peacefully digesting quality information is an essential element to cultivating a benevolent, intelligent society.

The third element that society is missing concerns the right to carry out actions based on the first two essential elements. This aspect is significant because it is the end result of studying and learning quality information. Once a person attains quality information, digests and analyzes it, they are influenced to alter their behavior and act upon what they've read. Literature inspires individuals to view the world from different perspectives and act upon written ideas, which is why the authoritative government has censored books.

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In part two, "The Sieve and the Sand," Faber and Montag are discussing what needs to happen in order for society to appreciate literacy again. Faber says that three things must exist together in order for literacy to survive again:

"Number one, as I said: quality of information. Number two: leisure to digest it. And number three: the right to carry out actions based on what we learn from the...

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"Number One: quality of information. Number Two: leisure to digest it. Number Three: the right to carry out actions based on what we learn from the interaction of the first two."

These are the three things that Faber says society needs if it is to recover. Society needs access to good books again, not just comics. Society also needs the time to actually read the books and think about what they read. Society currently spends all its time not only not reading, but seeking thrills that leave out all room for thought. And lastly, society needs the freedom to act on what it learned from reading and thinking about books. These are the three things needed to help society become healthy again.

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