How does Montag plan to raise suspicion about the firemen?  

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schulzie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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Montag wants help and goes to Faber to get it.  However, Faber is suspicious of him, which is understandable considering the fact that he is a fireman and burns books.  He tells Montag that,

"The only way I could possibly listen to you would be if somehow the fireman structure itself could be burnt." (pg 85)

Then Faber suggests the plan.  He was joking,but Montag took him seriously.  The plan was to print extra books and plant them in the firemen's homes all over the country.  The firemen's homes would then be burnt, the firemen imprisoned, and firemen everywhere would be under suspicion. This would eventually cause the firehouses to be burnt down and destroyed as "hotbeds of treason". (pg 86) 

Montag has a list of the firemen's residences everywhere.  Faber said they would have to do it themselves because they can't trust anyone.  Even this idea would only touch the edges of the problem because the real problem is that the public stopped reading on its own. No one forced them to stop.


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