In "Fahrenheit 451" what role does Faber play in Montag's character development?

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Montag meets Faber before we do.  Montag and Faber, previously, had sat together on a park bench and had a conversation that had planted a seed within Montag.  He never quite forgot that conversation; it sat within his mind, and when he meets Clarisse, and starts to doubt his society, Faber's memory pops up again.  So, Faber was a part of Montag's development even before the story begins.

As Montag develops, Faber becomes crucial in helping him to clarify his thoughts, and in giving him direction.  Faber is the guiding force of Montag's rebellion; Clarisse was the spark that lit the...

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