From "Fahrenheit 451," what does the metaphor "pore" mean?

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mrs-campbell eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Faber uses the metaphor of a pore to describe one of the reasons that books are so great.  He says that they have "pores."  This simply means, according to Faber, that

"they have quality...texture...features...life under the glass...truthfully recorded details of life...telling detail...fresh detail...[they] touch life often."

By these descriptions, Faber means that books don't gloss over life and make it seem all pretty, fake, and shallow.  Books describe life in all of its depth, beauty, profundity, pain, misery and ugliness.  If you think about the idea of pores, pores are the little vessels on your face that allow you to sweat; they are little black specks on your skin.  Pores are considered to be unattractive; women go to great lengths to "cleanse" their pores, and to "shrink" them, so that their faces aren't "marred" by any specks whatsoever.  And, in most magazines out there, people's pores are airbrushed out.  So, instead of looking like real human beings that actually have skin, we look like barbie dolls and fashion ads.  That is the society that Montag lives in.  The barbie doll society; a bunch of plastic people that don't know how to think, and have nothing but pretty misery to deal with.  Books, on the other hand, show the real skin of life.  The show the quality of real living, and we are the better for knowing it.  It is better to know life in all its fulness--pleasure and pain, joy and misery--than to not.  That is where the true beauty in living comes, and Faber uses the pores metaphor to elaborate on that point.  I hope that those thoughts help; good luck!