Captain Beatty Physical Description

What does Captain Beatty in Fahrenheit 451 look like physically?

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The interesting thing about Beatty is that we don't get a direct description of his appearance, so we have to make guesses, based on other clues.  The first inference that we can make is when Bradbury is describing Montag at the beginning of the book.  Bradbury says that Montag has "the fierce grin of all men singed and driven back by flame."  Because he uses the words "all men," we can apply this to Beatty also.  Bradbury also describes Montag as "burnt-corked," and as having a "fiery grin" that had always been there for as...

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Is he even a guy?

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There really aren't many specific physical descriptions in Fahrenheit 451 for most characters, including Beatty. However, there are descriptions of firemen in general. They all have "black hair, black brows, a fiery face, and a blue-steel shaved but unshaved look" (pg. 33). There is, however, one aspect that is directly applied to Beatty. He is described to have a "pink face burnt and shiny from a thousand fires and night excitements" (pg. 39).

Also, because Beatty is more experienced than the other firemen, and is their captain, we can assume that he is most likely older than the others. This meaning that his facial attributes show to be less youthful and more aged than those of Montag's.

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