In "Fahrenheit 451", what purpose do the inhabitants of the woods have in their lives?

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 "Fahrenheit 451" is a statement about literatrue and the need for literature in our lives.    When Montag runs away from town and into the forest accros the river he is met by Granger.  "Granger then introduces Montag to a number of the book people and explains to him how they keep the books alive by memorizing books or parts of them in order to preserve and hand them on to others. By using this oral tradition, the book people feel the content will not be lost, even if all the books are burned.  This is their purpose, and if they go into the city they will be hunted down and killed because the system or government doesn't want people to read, they want people to be brainwashed so they can be controlled."

Bradbury leaves us with the hope that through these books, society will bury some of its destructive force. By ending the book in a fire storm of bombs, there is the sense that this old society of conformity will die and a new one will be born out of the ashes, like the mythical phoenix to which Granger refers. "A time to break down, and a time to build up. Yes. A time to keep silence, and a time to speak," Montag thinks as the book people move up the river at the end of the story."

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