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The protagonist, Guy Montag, works as a fireman, finding and destroying banned books. His wife Mildred doesn't understand his concerns. According to P, what does Montag think of his job? Montag loves the job Montag meets Clarisse McClellan on the way home. They talk about various. He realizes that he does not really care about anyone, including his wife Mildred. The first time Montag and Clarisse meet, Clarisse shows that she is very.
Clarisse liked to talk, ask questions, and get to know more about people. This made her "anti-social. At the next fire, what does Montag take? This next fire was at a woman's house. Montag took a book while at his job at burning other books.
The book he happened to steal was a bible. On pg 40, Beatty reveals something very important about himself and his knowledge. On the way back from the burned house to the firehouse in the Salamander, Beatty recites a line from a book. This revealed that he knew things from reading books.
This brought up some suspicion. What technology does Mildred use to go to sleep? Mildred uses a device similar to an ipod to go to sleep.
She engulfs herself in the music and sounds produced by the device to such an extent that she soon drifts away from reality. The device brainwashes her and prevents her from clearly seeing the cruel truths about the world she lives in. Who is Mildred's "family"? Mildred referes to the people on her wall TVs as her family. In reality her family includes herself and Montag. She is completely engrossed in her TV and has shut out reality. What has happened to Clarisse? HOw did it happen?
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Mildred told Montag that Clarisse had died in a car accident. At this point MOntag doesn't know whether the accident was meant on purpose or if it had rather happened by chance.
What is unusual about the way Mildred told Montag about Clarisse? MIldred had known about Clarisse's death four days prior to when she informed MOntag abou tit. Also, her excuse to why she hadn't told him earlier was the fact that she had forgot.
In our society today the idea of forgetting the fact that a friend of neighbor died is practically impossible. We see here that MIldred has absolutely no feeling or emotions whatsoever. Her music device wall TVs have boxe her in and brainwashed her completely. They contain great truths about our world. List three things Beatty talks about in his speech to MOntag that are true about our world.
Beatty tells Montag that books and manuscripts have been condensed over time His statement has proven to be correct in our society today. Now the internet has provided us with the abiility to publish condensed versions and summaries of lengthy novels.
Also, Beatty states that there are more minorities in a larger population. Finally, Beatty states that censorship increased as time passes. This can directly be correlated to our society today as censorship of the government has increased to advancements in technology. The inteternet has been one of the main reasons that censorship has increased. Professor Faber thought it was a trap because he thought the phone line might have been tapped.
He believed that other fireman might record what he was saying on the phone and then use that to incriminate him. Why did Faber's fear dissipate when Montag was standing outside his door? Faber's fear dissipated as he saw that no other fireman was with Montag. He had some trust in Montag as they had met before in the park and talked so he was only slightly hesitant to open the door.
Also, he saw that Montag carried a book and that proved to him that Montag had good intentions if he didn't have the book that would have proved that he might have been in league with the government. What did Montag want from Faber? Montag wants help comprehending the hidden messages in books. He wants someone to listen and understand how he feels and to help him understand the importance and significance of books in a society.
Also, Montag wanted Faber to help him reintroduce books to the world and his society.
Did Faber remind Montag that people who are having fun are reluctant to become rebels? Yes, Faber did do so. People who enjoy themselves are reluctant to become rebels as that would change the system that currently brings them so much happiness and joy. In fear of resurrecting or rather introducing a system with many failings that would hurt them, people have not rebelled against the sytem that they are currently under.
How did Montag finally get Faber to consider really helping him? Initially Faber was extremely reluctant to assist Montag in his quest to reintroduce books to his society. However, once Montag started ripping up the Bible he had brought, Faber was so distraught at the fact that one of the last of the Bibles was being destroyed before hsi eyes that he decided to help Montag.
How did the Queen Bee analogy underscore Faber's cowardice? Faber claimed that his character was similar to that of a queen bee. Similarly, he would sit in his house and send out worker bees Montag in this case to carry out his orders.
Montag would be in charge of doing the dangerous work by venturing into the society while Faber would us a headset-like device to monitor Montag's progress. Also, even if Montag was killed, Faber's location would not be disclosed. Therefore, Faber can be compared to a coward since he is unwilling to venture out and perform the potentially fatal work himself. Professor Faber gave Montag an earpiece that resembled a small green bullet, so he could talk to Montag and listen in on whatever Montag hears.
This way, Faber can sit safely at his home while Montag interacts with the outside world. Montag also gives Faber the last copy of the Bible to keep it safe. It denotes a token of trust between Montag and Faber. What is the volcano's mouth? The volcano's mouth represents the living room with the "Parlor walls. People in the society, including Mildred, Mrs. Bowles, would reside in the parlor for hours at a time, mindlessly staring at the bright, colorful walls.
No one would talk to each other about social topics. They would only respond to the pictures on the wall witlessly. Also, the bright red and orange explosions of color on the walls also serve to depict that the parlor is similar to a volcano's mouth.
Montag pulled the plug on the living room fish bowl. In reality, MOntag pulled the plug on the electronic "parlor walls", not a fish bowl. The walls met to resemble a giant fishbowl in the living room, but there was never really a fish bowl in the room.
Yes, this is true. He wanted Montag to be more careful about reading because he was worried Montag would blow their cover. Which lady was affected by the original intent of the poetry? Phelps was affected the most by the poem because she started crying after Montag was finished reading.
However, at first Mrs. Bowles was very afraid to be read poetry while Mrs.
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Phelps encouraged Montag to read some. True or False In the late hours of the night, Faber refused to console Montag for foolishly reading poetry to the poor, silly women. No, this is false. Faber did indeed provide some comfort for Montag. He stated that he was always there to support Montag and that Montag should never give up with his dream to restore books to their rightful place in the world.
Listening to Beatty play his harp and needle had what effect on Montag? When captain Beatty played the "hard and needle" to Montag, he was playing around with Montag. Captain Beatty knew the truth about Montag reading and hiding books, but did not really accuse him of it. He was playing around with Montag by asking questions and stating book-related sentences that made Montag feel uncomfortable. In a way, Beatty was indirectly giving Montag the message that he knew he was hiding something.
Montag did not know if he could lie out of the situations, or whether it would be no use since Beatty would already know he was lying. What interrupted the poker game? There was a phonecall to the firehouse. Mildred had found some of the books that Montag had stowed away in the backyard. She took them in and called the firehouse, turning in an alarm telling them there were books in the house. Mildred's alarm call to the firehouse paused the poker game.
Captain Beatty drove the Salamander to whose house? The alarm that said there were books in a house came from Montag's house. The Salamander drove to Montag's house to burn the house. Part 3- Burning Bright Pages How has Beatty given Montag hints that he is under suspicion?
Beatty sent the mechanical hound to his house and also came in person to his house, announcing that Mildred said that there were books in Montag's house. Who must have brought the books back from the garden? Mildred must have done so in order for Beatty to see them and burn them. Who turned in an alarm against Montag? He also fears that the Hound somehow knows that he's confiscated some books during one of his raids.
The fire chief, Captain Beatty also senses Montag's unhappiness. Upon entering the upper level of the firehouse, Montag questions whether the Mechanical Hound can think. Beatty, who functions as the apologist of the dystopia, points out that the Hound "doesn't think anything we don't want it to think. After several more days of encountering Clarisse and working at the firehouse, Montag experiences two things that make him realize that he must convert his life.
The first incident is one in which he is called to an unidentified woman's house to destroy her books.
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Her neighbor discovered her cache of books, so they must be burned. The woman stubbornly refuses to leave her home; instead, she chooses to burn with her books. The second incident, which occurs later the same evening, is when Millie tells Montag that the McClellans have moved away because Clarisse died in an automobile accident — she was "run over by a car. Montag decides to talk with Millie about his dissatisfaction with his job as a fireman and about the intrinsic values that a person can obtain from books.
Suddenly, he sees that Millie is incapable of understanding what he means. All she knows is that books are unlawful and that anyone who breaks the law must be punished. Fearing for her own safety, Millie declares that she is innocent of any wrongdoing, and she says that Montag must leave her alone. After this confrontation with Millie, Montag entertains the idea of quitting his job, but instead, he decides to feign illness and goes to bed.
When Captain Beatty, who is already suspicious of Montag's recent behavior, finds that Montag hasn't come to work, he makes a sick call to Montag's home. Beatty gives Montag a pep talk, explaining to him that every fireman sooner or later goes through a period of intellectual curiosity and steals a book. Beatty seems to know, miraculously, that Montag stole a book — or books.
Beatty emphatically stresses that books contain nothing believable. He attempts to convince Montag that they are merely stories — fictitious lies — about nonexistent people.
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He tells Montag that because each person is angered by at least some kind of literature, the simplest solution is to get rid of all books. Ridding the world of controversy puts an end to dispute and allows people to "stay happy all the time. Ridding the world of all controversial books and ideas makes all men equal — each man is the image of other men.
He concludes his lecture by assuring Montag that the book-burning profession is an honorable one and instructs Montag to return to work that evening. Immediately following Beatty's visit, Montag confesses to Mildred that, although he can't explain why, he has stolen, not just one book, but a small library of books for himself during the past year the total is nearly 20 books, one of which is a Bible. He then begins to reveal his library, which he's hidden in the air-conditioning system.
When Millie sees Montag's cache of books, she panics. Montag tries to convince her that their lives are already in such a state of disrepair that an investigation of books may be beneficial. What neither of them know is that the Mechanical Hound probably sent by Captain Beatty is already on Montag's trail, seemingly knowing Montag's mind better than Montag himself. Analysis Fahrenheit is currently Bradbury's most famous written work of social criticism. It deals with serious problems of control of the masses by the media, the banning of books, and the suppression of the mind with censorship.
The novel examines a few pivotal days of a man's life, a man who is a burner of books and, therefore, an instrument of suppression. This man Montag lives in a world where the past has been destroyed by kerosene-spewing hoses and government brainwashing methods.
In a few short days, this man is transformed from a narrow-minded and prejudiced conformist into a dynamic individual committed to social change and to a life of saving books rather than destroying them. Before you begin the novel, note the significance of the title, degrees Fahrenheit, "the temperature at which book paper catches fire, and burns. The implications of both concepts — one, a simple fact, and the other, a challenge to authority — gain immense significance by the conclusion of the book.
In the first part of FahrenheitBradbury uses machine imagery to construct the setting and environment of the book. He introduces Guy Montag, a pyromaniac who took "special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed.
Montag has a smile permanently etched on his face; he does not think of the present, the past, or the future. According to his government's views, the only emotion Montag should feel, besides destructive fury, is happiness.
He views himself in the mirror after a night of burning and finds himself grinning, and he thinks that all firemen must look like white men masquerading as minstrels, grinning behind their "burnt-corked" masks.
Later, as Montag goes to sleep, he realizes that his smile still grips his face muscles, even in the dark. The language — "fiery smile still gripped by his face muscles" — suggests that his smile is artificial and forced.
Soon he will understand that this small bit of truth is an immense truth for himself. At present, Montag seems to enjoy his job as a fireman.
He is a "smiling fireman. Montag smiles, but he is not happy. The smile, just like his "burnt-corked" face, is a mask. You discover almost immediately when Montag meets Clarisse McClellan that he is not happy. By comparing and contrasting the two characters, you can see that Bradbury portrays Clarisse as spontaneous and naturally curious; Montag is insincere and jaded.
Clarisse has no rigid daily schedule: Montag is a creature of habit. She speaks to him of the beauties of life, the man in the moon, the early morning dew, and the enjoyment she receives from smelling and looking at things.
Montag, however, has never concerned himself with such "insignificant" matters. Clarisse lives with her mother, father, and uncle; Montag has no family other than his wife, and as you soon discover, his home life is unhappy. Clarisse accepts Montag for what he is; Montag finds Clarisse's peculiarities that is, her individuality slightly annoying. Despite all these differences, the two are attracted to one another.
Clarisse's vivacity is infectious, and Montag finds her unusual perspectives about life intriguing. Indeed, she is partly responsible for Montag's change in attitude.
She makes Montag think of things that he has never thought of before, and she forces him to consider ideas that he has never contemplated. Moreover, Montag seems to find something in Clarisse that is a long-repressed part of himself: Impossible; for how many people did you know who refracted your own light to you?
She speaks to him about her delight in letting the rain fall upon her face and into her mouth. Later, Montag, too, turns his head upward into the early November rain in order to catch a mouthful of the cool liquid. In effect, Clarisse, in a very few meetings, exerts a powerful influence on Montag, and he is never able to find happiness in his former life again. Yet, if the water imagery of this early scene implies rebirth or regeneration, this imagery is also associated with the artificiality of the peoples' lives in the futuristic dystopia of Fahrenheit Each night before she goes to bed, Mildred places small, Seashell Radios into her ears, and the music whisks her away from the dreariness of her everyday reality.
As Montag lies in bed, the room seems empty because the waves of sound "came in and bore her [Mildred] off on their great tides of sound, floating her, wide-eyed, toward morning. She has abandoned reality through her use of these tiny technological wonders that instill mindlessness.
The Seashell Radios serve as an escape for Millie because they help her avoid thoughts. Although she would never — or could never — admit it, Millie Montag isn't happy either.
Her need for the Seashell Radios in order to sleep is insignificant when measured against her addiction to tranquilizers and sleeping pills. When Millie overdoses on sleeping pills which Bradbury never fully explains as accidental or suicidalshe is saved by a machine and two machinelike men who don't care whether she lives or dies. This machine, which pumps out a person's stomach and replaces blood with a fresh supply, is used to foil up to ten unexplainable suicide attempts a night — a machine that is very telling of the social climate.
Montag comes to realize that their inability to discuss the suicide attempt suggests the profound estrangement that exists between them. He discovers that their marriage is in shambles. Neither he nor Millie can remember anything about their past together, and Millie is more interested in her three-wall television family. The TV is another means that Mildred uses to escape reality and, perhaps, her unhappiness with life and with Montag.
She neglects Montag and lavishes her attention instead upon her television relatives. The television family that never says or does anything significant, the high-speed abandon with which she drives their car, and even the overdose of sleeping pills are all indicators for Montag that their life together is meaningless.
For Montag, these discoveries are difficult to express; he is only dimly cognizant of his unhappiness — and Millie's — when he has the first incident with the Mechanical Hound.
In some sense, the Hound's distrust of Montag — its growl — is a barometer of Montag's growing unhappiness. Captain Beatty intuitively senses Montag's growing discontent with his life and job. Beatty is an intelligent but ultimately cynical man. He is, paradoxically, well-read and is even willing to allow Montag to have some slight curiosity about what the books contain.
However, Beatty, as a defender of the state one who has compromised his morality for social stabilitybelieves that all intellectual curiosity and hunger for knowledge must be quelled for the good of the state — for conformity. He even allows for the perversion of history as it appears in Firemen of America: When the curiosity for books begins to affect an individual's conduct and a person's ability to conform — as it does Montag's — the curiosity must be severely punished.
When Montag is called to an unidentified woman's house "in the ancient part of the city," he is amazed to find that the woman will not abandon her home or her books. The woman is clearly a martyr, and her martyrdom profoundly affects Montag.