In Fahrenheit 451, why does Montag want to read books?

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Guy Montag is an intelligent man who has been denied an outlet for his intellectual curiosity. Instead, he has been raised to follow rules and not question authority. He is in the position of enforcing regulations that he does not fully understand, which makes him increasingly uncomfortable. Montag astutely recognizes that if his society were fair and just, then openly questioning the rules would not constitute a danger. Furthermore, he sees that people around him, including his wife, are miserable; therefore, denying them access to books has not created anything approaching a utopia. Although he lacks the tools to verbalize his dissatisfaction, he correctly reasons that the things that are being destroyed must hold the key to his questions.

After conversing with Faber, Montag also becomes more interested in what the books contain. He is intrigued by the notion that, taken collectively, they might have a solution for the malaise that affects his society. Gradually, Montag realizes that...

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