In Fahrenheit 451, why do the hobos identify themselves as famous authors or pieces of literature?
The hobos that Montag meets are modern-day Homers, memorizing books to pass their knowledge along as a new oral tradition. They each memorize books in their entirety, using mental techniques to close those memories off until they are needed; this prevents forgetfulness and degradation of memory. When Montag meets them, they introduce themselves in literary terms:
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