An Analysis of Fahrenheit 451
The Hearth and the Salamander 1 . What is the significance of Montag seeing his reflection in Clarisse’s eyes? A. it Dignifies Montag as he remembers the time when electricity had gone out and his mom had lit a candle that in a sense brought them together and made each other feel safe by one another. When he looks in Clarisse’s eyes, he feels safe and comfortable being with her with no worries whatsoever. 2. Clarisse causes Montag to recall a childhood memory in which a wish was embedded. What was the significance of the memory and the wish?
A. 3. What two observations does Clarisse make about Montags conversational mannerisms? A. For some reason Montag decides to laugh at her making her say that it is strange that he is laughing when she has not been trying to be funny and he always answers without thinking about the question that he has been asked. 4. What things do the McClellans do which cause them to be classified as peculiar? 5. What final question does Clarisse ask Montag on the night of their first encounter? Why is the question important to the plot? 6. When Montag enters home, he stares at the blank wall, but in memory sees
Clarisse. What extended simile describes how he sees her? What is significant about the comparison? 7. Find two further similes Montag uses to describe Clarisse. Do the similes have any other purpose other than characterize Clarisse? 8. Describe the bedroom which Montag enters. Whom does the setting characterize? 9. At this point of realization, what happens to the smile on Montags face, and what is his answer to Clarisse’s question? 10. What event occurs that night which provides Montag with an impression of the state of society? What is that impression? 1 1 .
In contrast, what does Montag next hear and long for? 12. What test of love does Clarisse give Montag, and how does he respond to it? 13. Describe Clarisse’s personality. 14. What observations does Clarisse make about how Montag differs from other fireman? 15. Describe the mechanical hound. 16. What does “Ann-social” mean? What does it mean in the society of Fahrenheit 451? To whom does this apply to? 17. What does Clarisse say people tall about? Find some examples of representative conversations throughout the book. 18. During the car game at the fire station, what question does Montag ask?
What 19. What is the significance of the refrain repeated by the woman whose house was burned? What did it mean? What is its effect on Montag? 20. What does Montag think his feelings were to be if his wife died? 21 . What are Montags comments about the people in the walls? 22. What does Montag think about the old woman and all the books he has destroyed? 23. Summarize Beattys explanation of how the need for fireman arose. Part 2: The Sieve and the Sand 24. What is the meaning of the title of part 2? 25. What is the importance of the Dentifrice commercial? 26. Why does Montag go to see Faber?