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The Firemen's Control
"And besides, if Captain Beatty knew about those books... He might come and burn the house and the `family.' That's awful!Think of our investment. Why should I read? What for?" (34)
Illusions of Perfection
"Technology, mass exploitation, and minority pressure carried the trick, thank God. Today, thanks to them, you can stay happy all the time...." (28)
Conforming to Ignorant
"You didn't see her face. And Clarisse. You never talked to her. I talked to her. And men like Beatty are afraid of her. I can't understand it. Why should they be so afraid of someone like her?" (32)
Since the people of the society fear their homes being burned, they refuse to break the rules. By exerting their power, the firemen force the society not to read by making them live in fear of punishment.
Those in power claim the restriction of knowledge gives society less to worry about, and therefore keeps them happy. However, it only censors them from reality and prohibits them from achieving a greater understanding of emotions. The emotions the society feels are not genuine.
Montag is unaware that people like Beatty disliked people like Clarisse because they express their individuality. The government fears individuals because they introduce new ideas and potential defiance. Therefore, the government censors knowledge to avoid thinking about defiance.
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