Why is memory important in Farhenheit 451? "We're remembering. That's where we'll win out in the long run." What does this qoute mean? why is memory important?  How did the characters...

Why is memory important in Farhenheit 451?

"We're remembering. That's where we'll win out in the long run." What does this qoute mean? why is memory important?  How did the characters lack any sort of memory throughout most of the book and why?

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There are a variety of instances where Montag tries to remember what life was like before, what his relationship with his wife was like, all sorts of things but he always struggles.  Everything appears to be caught up in the present and other characters, like his wife, appear to have it worse.  Their various devices, the nodes in their ears, the amazingly fancy walls, etc., all help them to just be totally caught up in the present and unable to remember.

So the contrast between these people and the men that Montag meets out beyond the city is stark.  They have committed these books to memory and in so doing they act as the sort of collective memory for the whole society.  And in the end, they will be there when everything else is gone.

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