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Conformity means subscribing to the status quo. Montag conforms to a life that he does not yet understand is meaningless. He is actually a too that the state uses to enforce their conformity. Montag believes he enjoys burning books and is rewarded with a job of high status. He goes home to his vacuous wife Mildred and shuts his mind off. The state encourages this so people do not challenge or question the. Conformity ensures the state remains in power. The state discourages individuality because that threatens the status quo which keeps them in power.