Enter Captain Beatty, page 53-60:
Captain Beatty leads Guy Montag's book-burning detail and comes off as a former book-lover who, over time, lost faith in books, and now incinerates them with zeal. His dialogue with Guy suggests that he knows Montag is hoarding books.
Page 56: "A book is a loaded gun in the house nexrt door. . . . Who knows who might be the
target of the well-read man? There was no longer need of firemen for the old purposes. They
were given the new job, as custodians of our peace of mind . . . and the rightful dread of being
Page 54: "Now let's take up the minorities in our civilization. The bigger the population, the
more minorities. Don't step on the toes of the dog-lovers, cat-lovers . . . Mormons, Baptists . . .
Brooklynites. . . . 'The people in this book, this play, this TV serial are not meant to represent
any actual (people). . . . The bigger your market, Montag, the less you handle controversy."
Page 56: You must understand that our civilization is so vast that we can't have our minorities
upset and stirred.
Page 57: "Colored people don't like Little Black Sambo? Burn it. White people don't feel good
about Uncle Tom's Cabin? Burn it. . . . Serenity, Montag. Peace, Montag."
The society has also emasculated the character of Christianity:
Page 77: "It's been a long time. I'm not a religious man. . . ." Faber turned the pages (the Bible).
"Lord, how they've changed it in our parlors, these days. Christ is one of the 'family' now. I often
wonder if God recognizes His own son, the way we've dressed him up. He's a regular peppermint
stick now, all sugar-crystal and saccharine."
Montag escapes from home and certain arrest, and flees into the forest, where he meets the Book People, men and women who have fled organized society and live as outcasts. Each must learn an entire book. They cannot possess books, because possession of books is against the law, but they will memorize each book, where law-enforcement cannot find it.
Only dissidents will want to read Fahrenheit 451. They will need to understand the forces at work in our society, that cause its dumbing down. Fahrenheit will do that.