Faber's Suicide In Fahrenheit 451

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During the second part of Fahrenheit 451, Montag and Millie begin to peruse the stolen books Montag has acquired. As Montag reads, he begins to understand what Clarisse meant when she said that she knew the way life is supposed to be experienced. He laments Mildred’s suicide attempt, Clarisse’s death, the woman who burned herself, and looming war upon the country. Montag begins to see the truth in the books; how they may be the solution to save society from its own destruction. However, he does not completely understand them and needs help in order to do so. Montag recalls an encounter last year with an elderly man in the park. He was a retired English professor named Faber, who knew a time before books were banned and understood what they meant. Montag remembers that he kept Faber's phone number and determines …show more content…

He admits that he is cowardly for not speaking out against book burning when they still could have stopped it. Faber senses Montag’s enthusiasm and sees an opportunity to do what he wasn’t brave enough for. Montag presents Faber with a plan that would supposedly break the system. It entails planting books in the homes of firemen to discredit the profession and see the firehouses burn. However, Faber is skeptical and feels that it doesn’t target the root of the problem because the public stopped reading the books on their accord even before they were burned. Montag bullies Faber out of his cowardice by tearing pages out of the precious Bible one by one. Shocked by the destruction of the rare book, Faber finally agrees to help. As a result of Montag's concern about how he will act when he and Beatty next meet, Faber shows Montag one of his inventions — a two-way, small communication device that resembles a bullet that can fit in his ear. Through the use of this device, Faber can be in constant contact with Montag and mentor him through talking with

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