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While discussing death, Beatty points out,

"Ten minutes after death a man's a speck of black dust. Let's not quibble over individuals with Memoriam."

Beatty also states,

"queer ones like her [Clarisse] don't happen often. We know how to nip most of them in the bud, early."

What do these two quotes say about the world the characters live in?


Beatty is stating his religious views. He and most of the other characters believe in a rich afterlife and as such, death isn't a big deal for them.


Beatty is explaining that, as a result of their city's one-child policy, many infants are secretly killed or aborted.


Beatty is asserting his fear of dying. His fear is shared among most of the population; the characters live in a world dominated by fear, instilled by the authoritarian regime.


These passages lead the reader to infer that, in this futuristic world, dead people are only cremated, and not buried. That they cannot choose the final fate of their bodies speaks to how oppressive their society is.


Beatty is suggesting that death isn't something that people mourn in their society. Human life is not valued in the world of Fahrenheit 451.

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