“Nineteenth century man with his horses, dogs, cart, slow motion. Then, in the twentieth century, speed up your camera. Books cut shorter. Condensations…Everything boils down to the gag, the snap ending…Classics cut to fit fifteen-minute radio shows, then cut again to fill a two-minute book column…many were those whose sole knowledge of Hamlet…was a one-page digest…Politics? One column, two sentences, a headline!” (Bradbury 52). Based on Beatty’s information provided on page 52, describe a second way in which content has changed.

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In part 1, Montag has a meaningful interaction with Clarisse McClellan, witnesses his wife overdose on sleeping pills, and sees a woman commit suicide with her books. These experiences motivate Montag to analyze his life and rethink his occupation. When Montag calls off work, Captain Beatty visits his home and proceeds to lecture him on the importance of their occupation. Beatty also elaborates on the beginnings of the fireman institution and provides valuable insight into the history of their superficial, dystopian nation. Some of Beatty's comments ring true in today's society, and he...

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