Fahrenheit 451

by: Ray Bradbury

The Hearth and the Salamander (continued)

Montag realizes for the first time that books are a tangible representation of somebody’s entire life and work. He yearns above all for some deeper truth buried beneath his society’s layers of lies and transient, vacuous pleasures, and books come to symbolize this truth. However, as Faber later points out, the problem is more fundamental and cannot be solved simply by ending book burning.