Character analysis for Beatty
I chose Beatty because he is a complex character is Fahrenheit 451. His job as a fireman is to get rid of the ‘treacherous weapons’ which normal everyday people like us call ‘Books’. Beatty is static because he is straight-forward in being the chief of the firemen and manipulates Montag, who is a fireman who regrets being one like his grandfather and father before him, to remain a fireman despite his feelings. Beatty is a book burner with a vast knowledge of literature, someone who cared about books at some point that he quotes in the story in a book and knows that when Montag said, “Once upon a time...” that Montag opened a book and immediately, set the mechanical hound out to search for books at his house. Beatty is the type of person that you see on the television trying to sell you ‘necessities’ (Or how Jesus was used in this novel.) He persuaded Montag to read a book, to kill that urge, that he had took from Ms. Blake’s home before it was burnt, and then burn it after but Beatty knew that this wasn’t his first time taking a book from a ‘contaminated’ house. The
It is important to note that Beatty’s entire speech to Montag describing the history of the firemen is strangely ambivalent, containing tones of irony, sarcasm, passion, and regret, all at once. Beatty calls books treacherous weapons, yet he uses his own book learning to manipulate Montag mercilessly. In one of his most sympathetic moments, Beatty says he’s tried to understand the universe and knows firsthand its melancholy tendency to make people feel bestial and lonely. He is quick to stress that he prefers his life of instant pleasure, but it is easy to get the impression that his vehemence serves to deny his true feelings. His role as a character is complicated by the fact that Bradbury uses him to do so much explication of the novel’s background. In his shrewd observations of the world around him and his lack of any attempt to prevent his own death, he becomes...
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