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Summarize Beatty's explanation of how the need for firemen arose in Fahrenheit 451.

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When Captain Beatty visits Montag to enquire about his well-being, he tells him that all firemen, at some point in their careers, go through what Montag is experiencing. To get them back on track, he says that they "need to know the history of our profession."

He continues to tell Montag that their profession started after the Civil War. With the increasing mass production of radio, film and television, the majority of people began to lose interest in books. Why would they read something like Hamlet when they could watch a shortened version of it on television?

People's need for quick instant gratification was being reflected in society. They were shying away from intellectual pursuits to pursue physical ones. Students for example were starting to look to become sportsmen. Anyone seen as intellectual, basically people that read, were hated

Their books, in depth and uncensored, were upsetting various groups, and if people were getting upset that meant people were unhappy. So it was at that...

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Summarize Beatty's explanation of how the need for firemen arose. The need for firemen arose by the fact that when books caused controversial issues among the world they thought that it would be easier to destroy those books. Then they realized that then they would have to figure out which books to keep and which to destroy. They decided it would just be easier if they burned all books and didn't worry about that.