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Professor Faber

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Fahrenheit 451 Professor Faber Who is Faber? Outward Appearance Inner Nature former job/life his view on the society
old man: - "looks very old, fragile and
much afraid" (page 74)
description (page 74):
- there was white in the flesh of his mouth
- his cheeks and his hair was white
- his eyes had faded, with white...

Faber as an aptronym: Faber-Castell
connection to books and literature frequent use of the colour white:
indication for Faber's character (compare Clarisse) loves to smell books since he is a boy
retired English professor
- 40 years ago the new laws supplanted
the need for literature teachers
afterwards he earned a bit money at the stock exchange
one of the last of his sort:
- fellows are dead or ancient he is still taken by the magic of books anticipated the development
oppressive and dehumanized society
people are having fun
recognizes the mental enfeeblement:
- e.g.: the character of the Son of God
in the 'parlor'
"civilisation is flinging itself to pieces" reflection of his behavior little interest in modern technology regarding its entertainment value
feels guilty and sees himself as a "coward":
- saw the way things were going down,
but said nothing
started to protest when it was too late maybe: the comparison with the National
Socialism as a dystopian element character traits realistic estimation
careful: - doesn't want to be burnt
- hides in his houses, because
of the fear of the system
nervous, trembling, doubtful
not a religious man, but stomach for the Bible
very intellectual
aptitude for intervention
passive character, nevertheless the voice of
Bradbury's social critism language irony
rhymeless poems
reflected use of his voice:
- power, cadenced, faint value system/ importance of book 1. quality,
texture of information 2. leisure
to digest it 3. the right to carry out actions based on what people learned from the first two not books themselves are the reason for pleasure and fortune, but they include most of the three missing things to make people (really) happy Montag Mildred
Beatty Faber
Clarisse character constellation "black" "white" relation to Montag Montag's teacher and mentor
make the decision for the revolution together:
- work together against the oppressive
Faber realizes the chance of Montag's plan to undermine the totalitarian system
"maximum of comfort and a minimum of chance":
Montag as the active participant
<-> Faber the wise participant
"Montag felt himself turn" contrasting attitude

wants Montag wants to
to think independently dominate him Faber becomes more active because of Montag! concerted action in part III Montag reports Faber what happened
(burns his own house, kills Beatty,..)
Faber livens up Montag and feels lively, not afraid
Faber travels towards St. Louis, to meet an (unemployed) book printer
Faber advises Montag to escape to the tracks, because there are former academics
later they want to meet in St.Louis
together they prevent that the mechanical hound is able to find them The End Faber wants to take the tram early
not sure whether he dies
because of the atomic
bomb special character traits characterisation character constellation Faber as a film character? Is Faber a
flat and static character (not changing his actions and attitudes)
or a round and dynamic character (changing his attitudes and actions)
? His character traits are as well flat and static (same attitudes) as round and dynamic (becomes more active)! sources Bradbury, Ray, Fahrenheit 451 picture sources:
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