Fahrenheit 451 Beatty Essay

Beatty in Fahrenheit 451 is one of the most misunderstood characters in this novel. He seems like he is the bad guy throughout the story up until his death. Beatty says this particular quote to Montag, which leads to a deep confession that has come out. “Any man who can take a tv wall apart and put it back together again is happier than any man who tries to slide rule, measure, and equate the universe, which just wont be measured or equated without making the man feel bestial and lonely. I know, I’ve tried it; to hell with it” (58). This quote is among one of the most important from the book because here the reader can infer that Beatty too has read and analyzed books.
One can consider Beatty to be a person who seems to be too smart to be a fireman who “hates” books. Throughout the story, Beatty pokes at the fact that Montag is changing and fires back with his high intellectual thoughts about feeling and emotion coming from Montag. Beatty makes the lengthiest and talks the most throughout the story and all of which ridicule books and who they are bad for everyone. “If you don’t want a man unhappy poetically, don’t give him one. Better yet, give him non. Let him forget there is such thing as war (58). This quote is Beatty ranting on against people having the ability to think at all. Beatty is explaining how burning books also burns any choice that people are left to make. He feels that society and all its people are better off when there is no choice to make, regardless the situation. Beatty is under the impression that people are indeed happier when there is no decision making.
The reader can assume that Beatty seems to be wishing he could forget his previous life and live happily like everyone else. He is not content. He does...

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...rmed from having books. When Montag has the torch in his hand, Beatty looks at the flame torch and knew what was coming next. Beatty knew that all Montag was thinking was murder, he begins to recite Shakespeare, “There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats, for I am armed so strong in honesty that they pass me as a idle wind, which I respect not!” after this quote Beatty begins to directly order Montag, “Go ahead now, you second hand litterateur, pull the trigger” (113). Beatty wants Montag to murder him because he will die a “cause worthy” death like a noble character from a book might die.
For these reasons, I believe that Beatty is a very misunderstood character and is stronger that Montag. Beatty was doing what he thought best for society and saw various meanings of life in several ways. Beatty should not be labeled at a bad guy of any sort, much more a hero.
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