Books are something everyone takes advantage of, nobody knows how important they are until they’re gone. In Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 Montag goes to Faber to seek advice about the books. He finds out Faber’s beliefs in book’s purpose, quality, and the leisure of people. Faber also believes that fear of the truth in books drove people away, and now without the books there is only chaos.
When Faber told Montag what the purpose of books were, he spoke, “Books are a receptacle where we stored a lot of things we were afraid we might forget,” so without them everything would slowly be forgotten (83). The books were gone and so with them the information of the past was lost. Without these “receptacles” being there for what they were made for, the information was gone. Now they were just fed to fire. The things that they were afraid to forget were forgotten on purpose. When Beatty showed Montag the Histories of Past Firemen in America , it read, “… First Firemen: Benjamin Franklin,” we know this is not true. Nobody knew the truth because the books were burned, and they held the truth. With no truth, people can bend it and make it change to their advantage. The lie, Beatty said, could happen to many other historic things that have shaped our lives. Without any books all the truth in life can be gone and no one would even know.
The books scared people with truth because all they wanted was the entertaining, easy things. Faber talked to Montag about how books have “quality“. In Faber’s words, “They show pores in the face of life,” and that’s what people wanted to stay away from, because you had to think and do(83). That is exactly what people didn’t want, they just wanted to have fun and be entertained. They didn’t want to have to think for themselves. So why do it? For instance when Mildred had her friends over they were enjoying themselves while huddled around the “telivisor“. This was their enjoyment, their fun. Then,...