Why do you think Captain Beatty keeps quoting the books he has read to Montag in Fahrenheit 451? Why do you think Captain Beatty keeps quoting the books he has read to Montag in Fahrenheit 451?

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I agree, in the main, with the second and third posts here. Beatty is demonstrating his knowledge of the books and of Montag's position. The point of the repeated quotes is to suggest to Montag that knowledge of these books:

  • 1) will not save you or remove you from the larger system and society (it clearly didn't save or change Beatty) and
  • 2) there is greater knowledge in society than in books.

If books really were great, Beatty suggests, then Beatty would be aware of that greatness. The repeated quotes are a way for Beatty to deride and cast down the content of the books that Montag believes...

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I think that he wants to seem all knowing. Then he comes to the conclusion that books are evil. Since he knows everything, then that must be correct!

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When Captian Beatty keeps quoting many books, he is trying to convince Montag that he knows everything about them. He wants Montag to think that he already knows everything about them, and that there is nothing good about them. Beatty is showing off his knowledge so Montag thinks, wow he knows what he is talking about, books must be as stupid as everbody thinks they are. When Beatty seems so smart, anyone would think you are stupid not to agree with him.

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