Fire Chief Beatty: The Protagonist In Dystopian Literature

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The final set of characters which expose the protagonists to their dystopian society are the antagonists. Fire Chief Beatty, throughout the novel, intimidates and frightens Montag with the threat that comes with owning books and possessing knowledge in general. However, in spite of Betty’s claims his love for books and knowledge cannot be ignored. When Beatty and Montag prepare to burn a woman’s library, the woman chooses to be burned with her books. Afterwards Beatty flaunts his literary expertise and quotes Latimer, saying,“We shall this day light such a candle, by God’s grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out”(37). This demonstrates the amount of respect that Beatty has for this woman and the value of knowledge. Not only is

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