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In what way(s) is Beatty a character full of contradictions?
He is well-read and knows the value of books, but believes that all intellectual curiosity must be quelled for the good of the state for conformity.
He is both a fireman and a member of the Book People.
He was once a world-famous writer, but now burns the very books he wrote for a living.
He secretly runs a system of libraries, even though he derides the importance of literature on a daily basis.
He was once an olympic swimmer, but he hates water.