Beatty is a "book burner." Through out his time in the book he uses many quotes from books that he has burned. Yet he is not allowed to read them, he is compelled to find out why he is a fire chief.
Beatty is very hypocritical in the way he goes about. In the book he said "fire's real beauty is that it destroys responsibility and consequences." This means that burning the books takes a way knowledge from reading.and burning them has consequences.