The Theme Of Captain Beatty In 'Fahrenheit 451'

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“The dignity of truth is lost with much protesting,” was a quote by the English dramatist Ben Jonson. In Fahrenheit 451, Captain Beatty confronts Guy Montag and attempts to turn him away from the pursuit of reinstating books in the world they lived in. To do so, he makes a point, using Ben Jonson, that if Montag were to keep having violent bouts and shout his truth, the grace of it will be lost. However, the argument that Captain Beatty described and had used the quote was in a dream that he had. Consequently, Captain Beatty only used the quote to confuse Montag and convince him that his pursuit of bringing back writing was a lost cause. The allusion relates to the book by showing Guy Montag that violence will not bring back books.

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