In Fahrenheit 451, what is Granger trying to tell Montag at the end of the novel?

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In Granger's last speech to Montag in this dystopian classic, after witnessing the bombing of the city Montag has just successfully fled from, Granger tells Montag to basically remember that their job is to remember all the mistakes that have been made in the past so that hopefully humanity can enjoy a better future:

And when they ask us what we're doing, you can say, We're remembeing. That's where we'll win out in the long run. And someday we'll remember so much that we'll build the biggest goddamn steamshovel in history and dig the biggest grave of all time and shove war in and cover it up.

Granger's emphasis is on using all of the knowledge that they have learnt from book to make sure that the future is better. He says that humans, even when they had access to books, still made all of the same mistakes. Hopefully this time things will be different and the book people can be key to securing a brighter future for the human race that does not involve forgetting the amassed wisdom of the ages.


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