Fahrenheit 451

In the opening scene we are introduced to Montag, the main character, who is reveling in the process and imagery of burning books. As he does so, pages from one of the books floats in the air like a dove. 3. According to pages 3-4, what does Montag think of his job? Montag loves burning books and everything associated with it, including the smell of kerosene on his body. 4. Who does Montag meet on the way home? Clarisse 5. During his conversation, Montag says that “You never wash it off completely” referring to the kerosene. What could this mean symbolically?

It irritates Montag to the point he jumps in and stops the men from talking. See answer to #8. 10. How is life in Montag’s house very different from that of Clarisse’s house? Clarisse’s house typifies her personality. Her family actually performs activities that have long been abandoned in society: talking, eating together, thinking, driving slowly, living slowly if you will. 11. How does Mildred react after she wakes up from her previous night’s experience? She wakes from her sleep very hungry and can’t remember anything that she did.

She first thinks they must have had a party and doesn’t believe she would have taken all those pills. 12. What does Mildred do all day? Watches TV shows 13. Describe the setup of Montag’s TV room. The walls are the TV, with the owner participating in the show by reading scripts. The Montags have third walls now, but Mildred can’t wait to get the fourth. 14. What is Clarisse doing when Montag sees her on page 21? Clarisse is catching rain water in her mouth. 15. How is Clarisse different than Mildred? Clarisse is alive, in every sense of the word.

Mildred has already been discussed, but exemplifies the living vs. not living paradox. 16. What is the mechanical hound and what is its purpose? The mechanical hound smells out books and those houses that hold them. The firemen use it to bet on, by changing the chemical balance so it will chase out rats and other animals. 17. What is the hound’s reaction to Montag? The hound growls at him, making him think that someone has been tampering with it. 18. Why does society consider Clarisse “anti-social” (page 29)? She is anti-social mainly because she likes to watch people.

Clarisse also explains that she is scared of kids her age because the kill other kids. Sounds like our society to me. 19. At the next fire, what does Montag take? Montag takes a book from the fire. 20. On page 40, Beatty reveals something very important about himself and his knowledge. What is it? Beatty reveals that he is very well read. He has read so much that he has memorized passages of his reading and can understand and explain what he read. 21. What technology does Mildred use to go to sleep? Seashells. 22. Who is Mildred’s “family”? The characters in the TV. 23. What has happened to Clarisse?

How did it happen? Clarisse was hit by a car and killed. 24. What is unusual about the way Mildred told Montag about Clarisse? Mildred tells Guy, but only as an afterthought. She completely forgets about it until he asks her. 25. Read pages 55-62 very carefully. They contain great truths about our world. List three things Beatty talks about in his speech to Montag that are true about our world. A. ) As the population of the world increased, the need for the industry to appeal to the masses books are “cut shorter”, condensed. “Everything boils down to the gag, the snap ending. B. ) Schools have changed to basics of the job. Why should we teach anything but what kids absolutely need to know. I hear it all the time. “Why are we reading this? ” “When will I ever use this after high school? ” The truth is, you may not. What is life all about? C. ) Censorship is a very real thing in today’s society. Beatty discusses the minorities and different groups of people who are offended by different texts, so those portions of the text need to be edited out. I encourage you all to read the epilogue to read what the author thinks of this topic.

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