In Fahrenheit 451, what was different about the hobos Montag met? Why did each man identify himself as a famous author or piece of literature?

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In Part Three, the hobos that Montag meets aren't really hobos at all; they are a group of men, mainly former college professors, who had to flee the city because they are wanted by the authorities. One man, for example, says that he hit a fireman who came to burn his books and has been running ever since.

These men identify as famous authors or pieces of literature because that explains and defines their new purpose. They are book covers: men who have memorized a book so that, one day, it...

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The society of "Fahrenheit 451" written by Ray Bradbury is very different from our society. 

In the novel, hiding books is forbidden because the government does not want individuals and wants to control the people. They have to be equal. 

And there is the difference to the hobos, the group of men who live in the wilderness. This group reads books and keeps them in mind, before the members burn them. 

They identify themselves as a part of literature because each one reads one book and learns it by heart to bring it to the next generations.The men do not want to lose the high values of literature because their aim is to change the society after the war. 

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