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by Ray Bradbury

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In "Fahrenheit 451" why does Beatty hate books so much?

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Captain Beatty is Montag's foil and the antagonist of the novel, who is vehemently opposed to literature and is a proponent of the government's censorship laws. Despite Captain Beatty's hatred of literature, he is an extremely well-read man and is familiar with many genres of literature. Captain Beatty demonstrates his extraordinary literary knowledge several times in the story and is portrayed as a jaded intellectual, who once studied literature and read many books before he chose to become a fire chief.

In Part One, Montag decides to call off work after witnessing a woman commit suicide with her books, and he begins to have second thoughts about being a fireman. Captain Beatty ends up visiting Montag and lecturing him about the importance of censoring literature. During Captain Beatty's lecture, he provides insight into why he hates literature so much. Beatty tells Montag,

"Any man who can take a TV wall apart and put it back together again, and most men can nowadays, is happier than any...

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