by Ray Bradbury
Character Role Analysis
Captain Beatty and the Rest of Those Government Jerks
Beatty – and the institution he represents – is a big bad villain in this novel. He burns people’s houses down, smacks old women around, and tries to arrest our hero – the nerve.
TV and Those Ignorant People Who Watch It
As Beatty and Faber both remind us, the government is rarely needed to keep people ignorant and oppressed. They do that themselves! Which means everyone is his own worst enemy.