How did Faber influence Montag in Fahrenheit 451?

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Montag initially contacts Faber to help him understand the texts that he has read. Faber, a retired English teacher, explains to Montag the positive qualities of literature but is too afraid to act on his beliefs out of fear that he will be imprisoned or killed by the authoritative government. After describing how books preserve knowledge and examine the "infinite details" of life, Montag becomes excited to challenge the government policy of censoring works of literature. Faber influences Montag by motivating him to pursue the life of an intellectual. Faber eventually agrees to help Montag who is in search of a fulfilling life by giving him the "green bullet" to communicate. After hearing Faber's thoughts about literature and society, Montag is encouraged to not only change his life but also feels motivated to positively impact society by challenging the government's censorship policies. When Montag becomes an enemy of the state, Faber tells him where to find a group of traveling intellectuals. Faber's affinity for knowledge and literature influence Montag to drastically change his life and seek intellectual pursuits.