In the novel Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, please analyse the following quote."...remember that the Captain belongs to the most dangerous enemy to truth and freedom, the solid, unmoving cattle...

In the novel Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, please analyse the following quote.

"...remember that the Captain belongs to the most dangerous enemy to truth and freedom, the solid, unmoving cattle of the majority."

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This quote is said by Faber to Montag and is very important in the way that it presents a reflection upon society and how it operates. According to Faber, what makes Beatty so dangerous is the way that he represents the "solid, unmoving cattle of the majority." This points towards the way that society is ruled and driven by this sector of the population. Those who are in the mainstream and do not want to challenge the status quo or are not capable of thinking of a different way of living life are always the biggest threat to "truth and freedom" as Faber states. The metaphor he uses to describe this sector of humanity compares them to unmoving cattle which are happy to be herded by those above them and are not able to grasp their own destiny in their hands. We are presented with these kind of people in the form of Mildred and her friends in this novel. Note the way that Mildred either doesn't recognise or chooses to ignore her suicide attempt, and also consider the episode when Montag reads them all a poem and how they are unable to cope with or even comprehend going against the established system of order. The "solid, unmoving cattle of the majority" is thus a force that presents a major obstacle to the development of "truth and freedom," and Faber is correct in his analysis.

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