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The future society of the novel is based on collective thinking, as promoted by the enormous television screens that make up entire walls of houses. Because everyone thinks what they are told to think by the government, the power of individualism is a great danger to the government's power; books, with their enormous range of ideas and concepts, are a physical representation of individualism. When Montag becomes obsessed with books, he loses the trust in the collective and becomes able to think for himself; his rejection of societal values is dangerous because of his high status, and he is hunted by the government rather than be allowed to influence others.
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