In "Fahrenheit 451," how do Montag and Faber plan to save their society?

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Montag, the main character, has abandoned his life as a book burner.  He is reborn at the end of the book into an individual who wants to live a meaningful life and make a difference in the world, a positive difference.  As he looks at the burned out city, he realizes that he wants to dedicate himself to rebuilding a society that values books and help start a new culture, a society where free thought is encouraged.

Faber, a retired teacher, is inspired by Montag's determination to learn about and from books.  Montag's spirit fills Faber with a sense of renewed purpose. He will now live according to his beliefs and not hide, but protest the oppressive society and seeks its change. 

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They will save and/or restore their society through a number of steps. First, Faber guides and inspires Montag. Montag then turns to him when he runs. Faber embodies many of the virtues of a literate society. They then join the society of those committed to books. Montag begins to take part in their salvation process, which is to memorize books. Then, after the war, they will return to society and share them with people, so books won't ever be destroyed, even if they are all burned.

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