Fahrenheit 451 Fahrenheit 451 by huanghengdong

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									Fahrenheit 451
             The Characters
• Guy Montag:
  – The protagonist of the novel.
  – At the beginning of the story he is little more
    than a fireman who lives without thinking or
  – By the end of the novel, he is transformed into
    a true human—someone who realizes the
    value of knowledge.
  – He changes from a fireman dedicated to
    burning books, to a wandering refugee
    devoted to their preservation.
         The Characters
• Mildred:
 –Mildred is Montag’s wife
 –She acts more like a robot than a
 –She is obsessed with television,
  and shuts out feelings of love and
 –At one time, she attempts suicide,
  but is unsuccessful.
            The Characters
• Beatty:
  – Beatty is Montag’s fire captain.
  – Though he is well read in literature, he
    chooses to burn books because he feels
    betrayed by them.
  – Beatty seems to be the mastermind, if
    there is one, behind government
  – He is not a robot like Montag, but a man
    who consciously chooses to do evil.
          The Characters
• Clarisse McClellan:
 –Clarisse is the next-door neighbor
  of Montag
 –She is silenced by the government
  for living independently and
  learning the true meaning of life.
 –Her influence on Montag at the
  beginning of the story is profound
 –Because of her, Montag decides to
  start reading for himself.
            The Characters
• Faber:
  – Faber, not coincidentally the name of a
    pencil-making company, is the elderly
    retired professor
  – He helps Montag escape the city.
  – He also serves as a mentor to Montag,
    teaching him what he knows about the
    value of books.
  – On a metaphorical level, Faber
    symbolizes the tool (as his name
    implies) of learning.
        The Characters
• Mechanical Hound:
 –The Hound is a computerized
  animal used by the government
  to punish its enemies
 –Though Montag torches the first
  Hound, a second one is brought
  in to track him.
 –The Hound represents the
  strong hand of dictatorship.
        The Characters
• Stoneman/Black:
 –These are minor characters only
  seen briefly by the reader.
 –They are Montag’s fellow firemen,
  and have faces blackened by the
  smoke and soot of their
 –Eventually, Montag plants a book in
  Black’s house so that other firemen
  will burn it to the ground.
        The Characters

• Mrs. Phelps/Mrs. Bowles:
 –These women are also minor
 –They are the friends of Mildred
  who are appalled when Montag
  reads them poetry.
         The Characters
• Granger:
 –Granger is seen in the last few
  pages of the work.
 –He is the leader of the resistance
  movement that Montag joins.
 –He has deep knowledge of
  literature and the world in general.
 –His goal is to preserve classical
The Hearth and the
       Part I
     Pages 1-21
                Quiz pgs 3-11
• What is the number on Guy’s helmet?
• What color was Clarisse’s dress and what
  literary device does Bradbury use to tell us?
• What was Clarisse hypnotized by?
• What would tell Clarisse that Guy was a fireman,
  even with her eyes shut?
• What are the two smells in the air as they walk?
• Write the firefighter slogan and state the literary
  device within it.
• Name the three things Clarisse tells Guy that he
  did not know.
• What is Clarisse’s final question to Guy once
  they reach her house?
  The Hearth and the Salamander
• Begins with a description of the main
  character, Guy Montag, a fireman trained
  not to put out fires, but to set them.
• The number on his helmet reads 451.
• Coincidentally, this is also the temperature
  at which he and the other firemen burn the
  books they find.
• Montag seems to be a robot of sorts, a
  machine simply following orders, not
  thinking for himself in any way at all.
  The Hearth and the Salamander
• His mission—a mission to destroy homes
  contaminated with books—is mandated by the
• Though he initially seems moderately content
  with his job and his life in general, Montag’s
  mind reflects the condition of his futuristic
  society: empty.
• In this world, very few people still bother to
  consider the deeper questions of philosophy and
  religion. They are consumed with instant
• The government is struggling to sugarcoat a
  major world war, which threatens to tear the
  nation apart—physically.
  The Hearth and the Salamander
• On this evening, Montag is surprised when
  he comes face to face with a teenage girl,
  Clarisse McClellan, who happens to be his
• Clarisse admits herself that she is
  ―seventeen and . . . crazy.‖
• Indeed she is out of place in this brave
  new world of sorts, where individual
  personalities are downplayed by society.
• More importantly, Clarisse thinks for
  herself—a trait definitely discouraged by
  the totalitarian government of the time.
  The Hearth and the Salamander
• Clarisse asks questions that force Montag
  to think deeply, perhaps for the first time,
  about his life and himself as a person.
• For example, ―I sometimes think drivers
  don’t know what grass is, or flowers,
  because they never see them slowly.‖
• Clarisse brings up a good point: this
  society is too preoccupied with speed to
  enjoy the colors of nature.
  The Hearth and the Salamander
• There is actually a minimum speed limit:
  vehicles driving too slowly will be pulled
  over by the police.
• Clarisse admits that she doesn’t go to the
  government-sponsored activities
• This is all new to Montag, who can’t
  believe his neighbor is so rebellious.
• Yet in a sense, Clarisse is an inspiration to
  Montag, who is beginning to feel rebellious
             Quiz Pages 11 - 21
1. What is Guy’s answer to Clarisse’s question?
2. List and explain the simile surrounding his happiness
    on page 12.
3. What two things does Mildred do every night before
4. Who does Guy call?
5. Explain the two machines that the men had.
6. How much did the men’s service cost and how many
    cases like Mildred’s do they get per night?
7. Explain the metaphor that Guy uses on page 17 to
    explain relationships.
8. What does Mildred think happened the night before?
9. What does Mildred say when Guy tells her what
10. How much does Guy make per year?
11. How long ago was the third wall put up?
12. What is his final question to her before he leaves for
  The Hearth and the Salamander
• She asks him if he is happy, and he
  immediately becomes uncomfortable and
• Montag has tried to dismiss this thought, yet he
  begins to consider deeper questions of life.
• When he returns home and looks at his wife, in
  bed and listening to ―little seashells‖ in her ears
  he realizes that he isn’t happy.
• ―He wore his happiness like a mask and the
  girl had run off across the lawn with the mask
  and there was no way of going to knock on her
  door and ask for it back.‖
  The Hearth and the Salamander
• Montag realizes that his wife, Mildred, has tried
  to kill herself with sleeping tablets.
• Montag dials the police and soon two robot-type
  men enter the house, carrying two different
  machines to drain and replace Mildred’s blood.
• Bradbury contrasts this very melancholy scene
  with the laughter of Clarisse and her family next
  – ―Above all, their laughter was relaxed and hearty and
    not forced in any way, coming from the house that
    was so brightly lit this late at night while all the other
    houses were kept to themselves in darkness.‖
  The Hearth and the Salamander
• This is too much for Montag’s
  fragile emotional base.
• All the ideas fluttering around his
  mind are captured in Bradbury’s
  –―Clarisse, Mildred, uncle, fire,
   sleeping tablets . . . ‖ pgs 17-18
  The Hearth and the Salamander
• In the morning, Mildred awakes, Montag
  questions her about her suicide attempt and she
  denies it, saying she ―wouldn’t do a thing like
• Soon, Mildred’s obsession with her ―family,‖ or
  the fictional characters of her expensive three-
  walled television, is made known.
• Obviously Mildred fits the perfect profile of a
  modern human:
  – she’s just another robot
  – she doesn’t think or feel, but simply absorbs the
    propaganda that the government feeds her.
1.   Find the verbal irony on page 3.
2.   Find the personification on page 3.
3.   Find the personification on page 5.
4.   Find the alliteration on page 8.
5.   Find the simile on page 11.
6.   Find the simile on page 12.
7.   Find the personification on page 14.
8.   Find the simile on page 15.
9.   Find the metaphor on page 17.
The Hearth and the
      Part II
    Pages 21-32
                        Quiz 21-32
1.  What is Clarisse doing when Guy sees her?
2.  Explain what she has with her and what she does with it.
3.  What do the results of the experiment in #2 suggest?
4.  After she leaves, what does Guy do as he walks?
5.  How many legs does a mechanical hound have?
6.  Find the simile on page 24 and explain it.
7.  What three animals do the firemen let loose for the hound to
8. Why did the firemen do this?
9. Find and explain the simile on page 25.
10. Find an example of personification on page 26.
11. How many times has the hound threatened Guy?
12. Find a line on 27 where Guy sounds like Clarisse.
13. List the gifts that Clarisse gives to Guy.
14. According to Clarisse, what do kids do at school?
  The Hearth and the Salamander
• Montag leaves his house to go to the fire station where
  he works the night shift.
• On the way there, he again meets Clarisse, who uses a
  dandelion to show that she’s in love.
• When she rubs the dandelion on Montag’s chin, no
  yellow mark is made, which means he’s not in love with
• He tries to convince himself and Clarisse that he is
  indeed in love, but it soon becomes painfully evident that
  he’s not.
• Montag also realizes that Clarisse seems more mature
  than his wife, although Mildred is thirty years old while
  Clarisse is only seventeen.
• Obviously this reflects their differences as people:
   – Mildred is a government-corrupted robot who knows nothing
     outside the world of her parlor ―family‖
   – Clarisse has learned about real life—nature, religion and
  The Hearth and the Salamander
• Upon reaching the firehouse, Montag becomes
  immediately frightened by the Mechanical Hound that
  stands guard outside.
• This computerized dog acts as the iron fist of the
  government, finding and eliminating enemies of the
• The ―animal‖ has heightened perceptions and can easily
  detect traitors to the government’s cause.
• When Montag approaches, the Mechanical Hound
  seems suspicious, growling at him when he says ―hello.‖
• Bradbury personifies the dog:
   – ―It was like a great bee come home from some field where the
     honey is full of poison wildness, of insanity and nightmare, its
     body crammed with that overrich nectar, and now it was sleeping
     the evil out of itself.‖
• This frightens Montag, who begins to suspect that
  someone in the fire station knows about his secret—
  namely, that he has books illegally hidden behind the
  ventilator grille of his house.
  The Hearth and the Salamander
• Montag speaks to Clarisse about how she is
• This passage implicitly suggests Bradbury’s
  attitude toward education, which is a
  fundamental theme of the book.
• Clarisse is labeled ―anti-social‖ by her peers,
  because she doesn’t attend school or any of the
  other government-sponsored activities.
• Yet Clarisse has a different definition of sociality:
   – ―Social to me means talking to you about things like
     this . . .[At school] they just run the answers at you,
     bing, bing, bing, and us sitting there for four more
     hours of film teacher. That’s not social to me at all.‖
• Here Bradbury, in the words of Clarisse, strongly
  advocates freedom of thought and attacks
  government censorship.
  The Hearth and the Salamander
• After a few days, Clarisse abruptly disappears.
• Montag doesn’t know what happened to her yet,
  but her absence deeply troubles him, though
  perhaps he doesn’t know why.
• It seems that war is coming to this country,
  though the state-controlled news bulletins won’t
  announce it.
• Jet bombers are frequently heard overhead, but
  most people don’t notice or realize their
• Here, Bradbury builds the setting for his
  dramatic conclusion.
The Hearth and the
      Part III
    Pages 33-40
                               Quiz 33-40
1.    Explain the metaphor in the first paragraph of the reading.
2.    What is Montag exploring when the reading opens?
3.    What are the characteristics of a fireman according to Montag on page
4.    Montag begins to give himself away with a single line on page 33; what is
5.    Beatty and Montag discuss a recent ―fixing.‖ What happened to the man
      and what is the rationale for the punishment?
6.    What is the significance of Montag’s daydream on page 34?
7.    Find and write two lines of proof on page 34 that Clarisse has had an
      impact on Montag.
8.    Who pulls out the rule book?
9.    Who was the first fireman and when was it all established?
10.   How many times did the fire alarm sound?
11.   Explain the new feature added to homes many years ago.
12.   What did Montag forget?
13.   Explain how the firemen get their information and who sends it to them.
14.   What was different about this particular job according to Montag on page
15.   What does Montag compare his job to on 37?
16.   What line does he read?
17.   Explain the most important simile on page 37.
18.   Explain Betty’s reasoning to the woman for burning her books.
19.   What was the significance of the woman’s line?
  The Hearth and the Salamander
• Montag, who is playing cards with the
  other men, realizes that all of the firemen
  are ―mirror images of himself.‖
• All of them have ―charcoal‖ hair and
  blackened faces from the smoke.
• This realization scares Montag, who is
  beginning to see who and what he is.
• Indeed all the men are robots—that’s what
  this society wants.
• Fortunately, Montag sees this quality of his
  society and will soon try to break the mold.
  The Hearth and the Salamander
• Montag is drawn into a conversion with
  Beatty and the rest of the men.
• First, he absent-mindedly speculates
  about the consequences of a fireman
  possessing books (obviously thinking
  about himself).
• This leads Beatty to question Montag, who
  of course hides the fact that he has books
  hidden behind the ventilator grille of his
  The Hearth and the Salamander
• Montag, remembering what Clarisse told him
  earlier, asks Beatty if it’s true that at one time
  firemen put out fires instead of starting them.
• He shows Montag the fireman’s rulebook, which
  outlines a brief history of the profession.
• This book champions Benjamin Franklin as the
  first fireman because he apparently mandated
  the burning of pro-British books in the newly
  founded United States.
• Bradbury must consider Franklin to be the first
  American to censor literature.
  The Hearth and the Salamander
• Soon the alarm sounds and Montag and the other
  firemen race to a house where books have been
  reported to exist.
• Though usually the police come to take away the
  ―victims‖ before the firemen arrive to torch the place, on
  this occasion, the owner is still present when Montag
• She greatly disturbs Montag, who feels guilty that she is
  there to see her beloved books and house burn.
• Montag finds himself snatching up one of the books for
• Bradbury narrates, ―Montag had done nothing. His hand
  had done it all, his hand, with a brain of its own, with a
  conscience and a curiosity in each trembling finger, had
  turned thief.‖
• After the firemen have dutifully doused the dark
  inhabitance with kerosene, the woman strikes a match,
  willfully destroying her house and books as well as
  committing suicide in the process.
  The Hearth and the Salamander
• During Montag’s return trip to the fire station, the
  reader begins to find out that there is more to
  Beatty than meets the eye.
• The fire chief seems well-versed in classic
  literature, being able to quote a sixteenth
  century heretic who the woman at the house
• Indeed Beatty does know the material he
  chooses to burn.
• Yet the he shrugs it off as, ―I’m full of bits and
  pieces . . . Most fire captains have to be.‖
The Hearth and the
      Part IV
    Pages 41-54
                           Quiz 41-54
1. Explain the extended metaphor on page 41 concerning the book.
2. According to Montag and the old joke, what would he have to buy to
   talk to Mildred?
3. What is ironic about when they met?
4. Explain the simile on page 43.
5. What are the things that he compares his wife to on page 45?
6. What is ironic about his feeling of her death vs. his feelings of her life?
7. Cite and explain three examples of their communication problems from
   this reading.
8. What happened to Clarisse?
9. What is the important thing outside the Montag house and why is it
10.Why can’t Mildred tell Guy what was on the parlor last night?
11.What made Guy vomit?
12.Explain three things that Mildred does when Guy is sick that shows her
   true character.
13.How does Mildred exemplify the thinking off all people except Guy on
   the issue of the burning woman?
14.What is significant about Montag’s verb choices in the last paragraph
   on page 51? List examples.
15.What does Beatty do during his visit with Guy that shows his fascination
   with fire?
  The Hearth and the Salamander
• Montag returns home, appearing sick and
  delirious as he hides his new book under his
• Watching Mildred listen to her beloved
  seashells, Montag again realizes how alienated
  he is from his wife and home.
• He knows that they have no love for one another
  anymore and that their life together is
  – Bradbury explains, ―And suddenly she was so strange
    he couldn’t believe he knew her at all. He was in
    someone else’s house, like those other jokes people
    told of the gentleman, drunk, coming home late at
    night, unlocking the wrong door, entering a wrong
    room, and bedding with a stranger and getting up
    early and going to work and neither of them the
  The Hearth and the Salamander
• Montag identifies Mildred’s parlor ―family,‖
  the automated voices that talk to Mildred
  from the walls, as a major reason for the
  falling-out in their relationship.
• The fireman thinks to himself, ―Well,
  wasn’t there a wall between him and
  Mildred, when you came down to it?
• Literally not just one wall but, so far, three!
  The Hearth and the Salamander
• Montag learns from his wife that Clarisse is missing.
• ―Whole family moved out somewhere. But she’s gone
  for good. I think she’s dead,‖ Mildred explains.
• This leads to a discussion between the couple over
  Montag’s career as a fireman.
• ―Mildred, how would it be if, well, maybe, I quit my job
  awhile?‖ Montag asks.
• He goes on, ―Last night I thought about all the kerosene
  I’ve used in the past ten years. And I thought about
  books. And for the first time I realized that a man was
  behind each one of the books. A man had to think them
• When Mildred becomes frustrated with Montag’s
  personal struggle, he finally releases his anger,
  charging, ―How long is it since you were really bothered?
  About something important, about something real?‖
The Hearth and the
      Part IV
    Pages 54-61
                        Quiz 54-61
1. According to Beatty, how did the firemen actually get started and
2. Trace the events which led books to become ―the snap ending.‖
    What happened?
3. What is the major allusion in this reading? Explain it.
4. Find and explain an example of personification on page 55.
5. What happened to school over time? What subjects were dropped
    and what is the reasoning behind all of this change?
6. How does Mildred almost give Montag away?
7. Explain the line ―Highways full of crowds going somewhere,
    somewhere, nowhere.‖
8. Explain the line, ―The bigger your market, the less you handle
    controversy.‖ Is this true? What is Beatty’s argument for saying
    this? Do you agree? Why or why not?
9. What are the three things that Beatty says led to the censorship?
10. Explain the line ―A book is a loaded gun.‖ What literary device is
    this? What does it mean?
11. According to Beatty, how will burning books make us all alike?
12. What does Beatty suggest that we ―fill the people up with?‖ Why?
    Give examples.
  The Hearth and the Salamander
• Captain Beatty comes to Montag’s house,
  pretending to be a caring employer looking
  out for his sick employee, but really
  meaning to interrogate Montag.
• Montag again hides the book under his
  pillow, frantically trying to cover-up his
  illegal activity.
      The Hearth and the Salamander
• Beatty explains the history of book censorship:
   – Before books were censored, authors were able to put down
     their true thoughts even though they only appealed to a
   – As the earth’s population grew, literature had to be ―leveled
     down to a sort of pastepudding norm.‖
   – This explains the demand for censorship, toleration of others’
     rights forced the media to abolish books altogether, they could
     conceivably offend someone.
   – Unlike Brave New World and 1984, censorship doesn’t
     originate from the government—quite the opposite:
     ―Technology, mass exploitation, and minority pressure carried
     the trick, thank God‖
   – The moral aims of the ideal of censorship: ―Not everyone born
     free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made
   – Each man the image of every other
                        Quiz 61-68
1. What are the two things that Beatty calls the firemen?
2. Why does Beatty think that the books will ―make everyone
3. Find and explain the simile on page 62.
4. Find and explain the metaphor on page 62.
5. What does Beatty do with a fireman who takes a book home?
6. What is ironic about Beatty’s car?
7. According to Montag and Clarisse, what are homes missing
   now and why?
8. What are two more things that people no longer have that
   used to be popular and why has each item disappeared?
9. Explain the two new devices that the Montag’s have
   purchased and explain what they do to enhance the TV
10.What is Mildred’s advice when Guy says that he is unhappy?
   What does this say about her?
11.What is ironic about Mildred’s line ―I’m tired of listening to this
   junk.‖ on page 65
12.What does Mildred try to do with the books and what does
   Montag have to do to stop her?
  The Hearth and the Salamander
• Bradbury asserts his own beliefs about
  censorship by having the fire captain
  support the exactly opposite position.
• Instead of telling the reader what to think,
  the author lets the reader see the error of
  Beatty’s logic for himself.
• After the fire chief leaves, Montag decides
  to reveal to Mildred his deep secret—the
  books he has hidden behind the grille.
• Mildred, however, doesn’t understand her
  husband and resists his ―radical‖ ideas.
The Sieve and the Sand

              Quiz 71-81
• Find and thoroughly explain four different
  literary devices. You should write out the
  sample and give a detailed explanation of
  it. Finally, explain how each device
  furthers the novel’s overall theme.
              Pages 71-81
• Bradbury’s next section begins with
  Montag sitting on his floor, reading
  portions of his hidden books.
• Though most of the writing goes over his
  head, Montag still realizes the importance
  of the literature he illegally owns.
• Secondly, he connects the authors of
  these books with Clarisse.
• ―These men have been dead a long time,
  but I know their words point, one way or
  another, to Clarisse,‖ he says to himself.
                 Pages 71-81
• Soon, however, the reader begins to perceive a
  very ominous presence.
• The Mechanical Hound seems to be listening to
  Montag read from behind the door.
• He again attempts to convince Mildred that his
  books are acceptable, necessary in fact.
• Considering the coming nuclear world war to
  which everyone seems oblivious, Montag
  asserts, ―Maybe the books can get us half out of
  the cave. They just might stop us from making
  the same damn insane mistakes!‖
• In this way, Montag sees books not only as
  helpful tools, but as vital agents of salvation for
  his diseased world.
                Pages 71-81
• Knowing that he doesn’t posses the necessary
  knowledge of books to change the world himself,
  Montag begins to consider whether or not
  anyone will be able to help him.
• Soon he remembers an incident that occurred in
  a park several months before.
• Faber decided to give the fireman his address
  for future reference. Thus, Montag had a
  contact person to begin his ―quest.‖
• After questioning Faber on the phone
  unsuccessfully (Faber denies having any
  books), Montag finally shows Mildred his
  recently stolen book—the Bible.
• Mildred urges him to turn it in to Beatty, but
  Montag is reluctant, thinking instead that he can
  turn in another book in its place.
                    Pages 71-81
• On the subway, Montag tries again to read his Bible,
  hoping that if he reads a lot at one time, some of it he will
  remember before he forgets it all.
• Bradbury uses the sieve in the sand metaphor to support
  this idea.
• What’s ironic about this scene is that Montag reads
  about the ―lilies of the field‖ while his ears are forced to
  listen to ―Denham’s‖ personal hygiene advertisements
  from the subway speakers.
• Here, the poetic beauty of scripture and the old world
  clashes with the mechanized message of consumption
  offered by Bradbury’s new age of government
                Quiz Pages 81-91
1.    Is Faber religious?
2.    What do books smell like according to Faber?
3.    What does Faber mean when he says he should have
      spoken out when no one would listen to the guilty?
4.    What does Montag want Faber to teach him?
5.    Why does Faber call him a ―Hopeless romantic‖ and
      what does this mean?
6.    How long has Montag been a fireman?
7.    List the three things that Faber says are missing in
8.    How does Faber define a good, mediocre, and bad
9.    What does Faber mean when he says ―flowers living
      on flowers‖?
10.   What does Faber wear on the subway?
11.   Explain the plan Faber comes up with on page 85.
12.   List five allusions in this reading with page number.
13.   Explain the simile on page 88.
                Pages 81-91
• Montag finally reaches Faber’s house.
• He eventually opens the door when he sees the
  Bible Montag possesses.
• Faber admits that he hasn’t seen a Bible for a
  long time.
• He goes on to criticize the secularization of
  religion in recent years.
• He muses, ―I often wonder if God recognizes His
  own son the way we’ve dressed him up, or is it
  dressed him down?‖
• Christ is now little more than a good advertiser
  for consumer goods.
• Everything and everyone who used to be real is
  watered down in this overly tolerant society.
                    Pages 81-91
• Faber begins telling Montag the history of this modern
  era from his perspective.
• Ancient books, like the Bible, are incredibly valuable
  because they are sufficiently detailed to portray life as it
• The reason why the Bible and other books were
  censored, Faber says, is because their portrayal of life
  was often too real
• Secondly, Faber explains that the lack of leisure time,
  meaning time to contemplate the deep mysteries of life,
  has been taken away by the government.
• Temporal pleasures, like television, serve to occupy
• Lastly, the application of the ideas learned in books, a
  natural freedom, Bradbury though Faber argues, is
  necessary to change the behavior of man.
• Books are intended to correct the mistakes humans
  made in the past, and to ―remind‖ men what ―asses and
  fools‖ they were.
                   Pages 81-91
• Montag’s character continues to change.
• No longer is he a robot, he is beginning to think for
  himself, seeing himself struggling for a noble ideal, to
  save the world from ignorance.
• He tells his mentor, ―That’s the good part of dying: when
  you’ve nothing to lose, you run any risk you want.‖
• Montag realizes the relative insignificance of his own life
  compared to that of the world.
• Though Faber is skeptical about the possibility for
  another mental renaissance of sorts, Montag believes
  that a new revolution of peoples’ minds can indeed
• When Faber refuses to help, Montag threatens him,
  reminding him that’s he’s a fireman.
• When he begins to rip the pages of the Bible, Faber
  gives in and agrees to teach Montag what he knows as a
                   Pages 81-91
• Next, Montag and his teacher/mentor, Faber, construct a
  loose plan of action.
• Montag gives Faber some cash to purchase a printing
  press from an old college friend.
• Montag decides to start planting books in other firemen’s
  homes so that they will be burned. ―
• The salamander devours his tail!‖ Faber exclaims
• Faber gives Montag a ―seashell‖ listening device that
  he’s invented.
• Faber instructs Montag to put this instrument into his ear
  so that he can receive instructions from his teacher.
• In this way, he can speak for Montag without actually
  having to confront others (i.e. Beatty) directly.
• Faber explains, ―I can sit comfortably home, warming my
  frightened bones, and hear and analyze the firemen’s
  world, find its weaknesses, without danger.‖
                      Quiz 91-101
1. Who are the ―drones‖ Faber refers to on page 91?
2. What animal does Faber compare himself to on 91? What literary
    device is this?
3. What is Montag wearing in each ear? How are the two things
4. How long is the bank open and why?
5. Why does Faber suggest they say ―a million‖ when the number is
    really ten million?
6. Why does Montag criticize Faber on pages 92 – 93?
7. What does Faber read to Montag?
8. How long does Faber sleep every night?
9. Find three literary devices on page 93 and explain them.
10. What are the names of the visitors on 93 and what do we learn
    about the women that visit through their dialogue?
11. What do we learn about Pete and his wife? What does all of the
    dialogue on 94-95 tell us about the citizens?
12. Explain the discussion of children. Where are they? What do they
13. Who wants to hear the poetry and who doesn’t.
14. Why does Montag get mad near the end of the reading? What
    does he say to the women?
                Pages 91-101
• Montag finds his wife entertaining women guests
  who have come to watch her parlor family.
• Montag, now inspired by his conversation with
  Faber, realizes now more than ever that he has
  nothing in common with these women
• They live their lives according to what’s on
  television, not by what’s in their hearts or minds.
• One of these ladies even complains about
  having to put up with her children during the
  three days that they come home every month
• The other days are spent in state-run day care,
  learning how to be a robot no doubt
                       Pages 91-101
• Montag becomes so bold with the ladies that he begins to read them
  poetry from one of his books.
• This is a traumatic experience for the women, one of whom starts to
• Though Montag destroys the book afterwards, to make it seem as
  though he was simply demonstrating the silliness of poetry, the
  damage has already been done.
• Mrs. Bowles rejects Montag’s ―poetry lesson,‖ and he tells her:
   –   ―Go home and think of your first husband divorced
   –   your second husband killed in a jet
   –   your third husband blowing his brains out
   –   the dozen abortions you’ve had
   –   your damn Caesarian sections
   –   your children who hate your guts
   –   Go home and think how it all happened and what did you ever do to
       stop it?‖
• This ruins the social evening completely. All the ladies leave,
  except Mildred, who hurries to the bathroom to take some sleeping
                Pages 91-101
• Through the radio-seashell, Faber hears all of this,
  unable to believe what Montag has said.
• Montag knows that his actions may have given him
  away, but he takes comfort in the fact that Faber is
  there (in the seashell) to teach him.
• Faber rebukes Montag for his careless actions with
  the ladies, but admits that mistakes can lead to
• Next, earplug in place, Montag enters the fire
  station, ready to do battle with Beatty.
• During their card game, Beatty intimidates Montag
  by quoting books that cite the danger of learning.
• Beatty knows exactly what Montag has done, and
  hopes to scare him off with his superior knowledge
  of literature.
                    Quiz 101-111
1.    What two things does Montag say that he will do to Mrs.
2.    Explain the metaphor that Montag uses to describe
      Mildred and the dynamite on page 102.
3.    Where does Montag hid the books?
4.    What is the extended metaphor used to describe Montag-
5.    What do they turn into?
6.    Explain Faber’s statement comparing the earth to a
7.    Why did Faber shove his ignorance in people’s face?
8.    As Montag is walking to work, ____ ____ won’t move.
9.    What does Montag compare Faber to on page 104?
10.   List the four allusions on page 105.
11.   Why does Beatty say ―The sheep returns to the fold‖?
      What does this mean on a literal and symbolic level?
      What is he indirectly alluding to?
12.   Who was driving the salamander?
13.   Where do they stop?
• Beatty seems incredibly well read, despite his
  opposition to books.
• Bradbury doesn’t explain the fire chief’s history
  very well, but the reader can assume that Beatty
  has an interesting story to tell.
• The captain tries to dissuade Montag from
  becoming too attached to books.
• ―Stick with the firemen, Montag. All else is
  dreary chaos!‖ he tells him.
• This scene is one of the most important in the
  entire novel.
• Montag must decide whom to believe: Faber or
• Montag already feels exhausted and physically
  derailed by the captain.
• Montag has little time to collect his thoughts
  before the fire alarm sounds and he finds
  himself racing to another house.
• Finally the Salamander stops—in front of
  Montag’s residence.
Burning Bright
                      Quiz 111-121
1. What does ―carnival‖ refer to on page 113?
2. What does Beatty say about Clarisse?
3. What happened to Mildred?
4. What was the last thing that she complained about and how is that
5. ___ and ___ used axes to provide cross-ventilation.
6. According to Beatty, what is the real beauty of fire?
7. What three characteristics does Beatty say that fire has to help solve
   a problem?
8. What simile does Bradbury use to describe the burning books on
   page 117?
9. What metaphor does Bradbury use to describe the television on
   page 117?
10.Who turned in the first alarm on him?
11.Who turned in the second alarm on him?
12.Explain what Montag meant by ―the great earthquake‖ on page 118.
13.What was Beatty going to do to Montag when the job was done?
14.Who hits Montag and why is this significant?
15.Who does Montag kill?
16.What is the significance of the autumn leaf?
17.How does the hound hurt its victims?
• Now in front of Montag’s house, Beatty drops all
  pretenses of being kind.
• He refers to Clarisse as ―that little idiot,‖ blaming
  Montag for accepting her philosophy of life.
• Mildred rushes out of the house, muttering to
  herself about her lost ―family.‖
• Montag asks her if she was the one who put in
  the call to the authorities, but she doesn’t
• Montag feels a tremendous burden:
   – His wife has left him
   – his terrible secret is revealed
   – he has to torch his own house.
• Beatty says ―[Fire’s] real beauty is that it destroys
  responsibility and consequences”
• ―A problem gets too burdensome, then into the furnace
  with it.‖
• He hopes to torture Montag even more by telling him to
  burn his house single-handedly, without help from the
  other firemen.
• Beatty tells Montag that indeed his wife did sound the
  alarm on him, as well as did the ladies who fled the
  house when Montag read the poetry.
• Beatty tells Montag that he’s under arrest.
• The fire chief smacks Montag, knocking Faber’s seashell
  onto the pavement.
• Beatty picks up the ear piece radio and remarks, ―We’ll
  trace this and drop it on your friend.‖
• These events prove to be too much for Montag.
• Fighting back the only way he knows how, he unlocks
  the safety on his flame thrower, aims at his captain, and
• Beatty’s blackened corpse slowly falls to the ground.
• The Mechanical Hound sees Montag, attacks and is
  torched, but not before injecting him with his poison.
• Sensing the danger of remaining at the crime scene,
  Montag decides to hurry away.
• He gets the last laugh when he turns to Beatty’s dead
  body and says, ―You always said, don’t face a problem,
  burn it. Well, now I’ve done both. Good-bye, Captain.‖
                  Quiz 121-131
1. Why does Montag compare his leg to a shotgun blast on
   page 121?
2. How many books does Montag find outside?
3. How does he justify killing Beatty?
4. What four things does he compare his leg to as it gets
5. What two things does Montag find in his pockets?
6. Why does he decide to go to Faber’s house on page 125?
7. How many helicopters were in the air on page 125?
8. What simile does he use to explain how his lungs feel?
9. Identify and explain the repetition on page 127.
10.What does Montag do that saves him from being run over
   by the beetle and why?
11.What thoughts show Montag as a hypocrite on page 128?
12.Who does Montag go to visit first and why?
13.Where does he phone the alarm from?
• Montag picks up the books he hid and limps away from
  his burning house, hearing police sirens approaching.
• Montag comes to the realization the Beatty wanted to
   –   He reflects over Beatty’s demeanor just before his death
   –   This notion is not altogether surprising.
   –   Suicide is rampant in this society, as Bradbury shows earlier.
   –   Beatty is a very depressed man.
   –   Though he knows the power that books have, he is cynical about
       them, citing the troubles that come from their reading.
• Beatty feels betrayed by books and has decided to burn
• Yet living this way isn’t living at all. Montag knows this
  and Beatty always did.
• Their reactions to this knowledge are different; while
  Montag decides to fight back, Beatty gives in, opting for
  this passive suicide of sorts by letting Montag torch him.
• By this time, Montag is losing his sanity.
• He didn’t mean to kill Beatty, but he did, and now he
  must deal with it.
• His distorted mind thinks that Faber is dead, since what
  he knew Faber to be, the seashell, is scorched.
• Montag’s animal instincts kick in as he considers what to
  do with the enemies he has left.
• He finds himself heading towards Faber’s house.
• Montag, in his delirium, somehow manages to avoid the
  police cars and helicopters that seek him out.
• He stumbles across the home of Mr. Black, his fellow
• He sneaks into the house and hides the books inside,
  stopping later to phone in the alarm from a public phone
  outside a convenience store.
• As he walks away, he hears the approach of fire engines
  on their way to burn the Black residence.
• Montag reaches Faber’s house.
• The old man is shocked to see him alive,
  after losing the ear-piece that was their
  only connection.
• Montag quickly fills Faber in on his recent
  actions, scarcely believing his own words:
  – Beatty’s dead
  – Millie’s gone
  – The houses are burnt
  – The job is gone
  – Books have been planted
                    Quiz 131-141
1. How much money does Montag leave with Faber?
2. Where does Faber tell him to go?
3. According to Faber, Who might still be able to help Montag on
   page 132?
4. What country does the novel take place in and how do we
5. Where is Faber going and why?
6. What does Bradbury compare the size of Faber’s TV screen
7. What is chasing Montag now?
8. What do Montag and Faber drink?
9. How many odor indexes can this new thing remember?
10.Find and explain one simile and one metaphor on page 133.
11.List the full set of instructions that Montag gives to Faber and
   explain them.
12.What two things does Montag ask Faber for on page 136?
13.Find and explain the example of personification on page 136.
14.What are the police instructions to the citizens?
15.What does Montag do on page 139 to try to escape?
               Notes 131-141
• Faber feels rejuvenated and ready to do battle
• Faber tells Montag to head for the river while he
  leaves for St. Louis to see a retired printer.
• Both men sit down to drink whiskey and relax a
  few minutes before they must be on the move.
• Flipping on the television, they learn that a new
  Mechanical Hound is being brought in to track
• The media will be televising the Hound’s
  progress, like reality TV.
                 Notes 131-141
• Now, with time against them, Montag tells Faber
  to get rid of his scent by:
  –   Burning the bed spread, rug, and chair
  –   Wiping down furniture and doorknobs with alcohol
  –   Turning on the air-conditioner and using moth spray
  –   Turning on the lawn sprinklers.
• The two men part ways, agreeing to meet later
  in St. Louis.
• Montag’ persona continues to change:
  – He is able to think for himself, make his own
    decisions, and even tell Faber what to do.
• This is quite a contrast from the opening few
  pages, where Montag was nothing more than an
  ignorant, submissive robot of society.
             Notes 131-141
• What follows is Bradbury’s intense
  account of Montag’s struggle to lose the
• Despite being sought by the Mechanical
  Hound, the helicopters, and twenty million
  television viewers, Montag is able to find
  the river
• The police tell the citizens to:
  – Look from front door, rear door, or windows
  – The fugitive cannot escape if everyone looks
  – The parlors count to 10 and the people look
                End of the Novel
• This new land itself feels different to Montag.
• Here, in this new land of promise, Montag feels truly
  human for the first time.
• Bradbury explains his thoughts: ―There was more than
  enough here to fill him. There would always be more
  than enough.‖
• After a few minutes of following the nearby railroad track,
  Montag sees the men he is suppose to meet, sitting
  around a fire that is warming, not burning.
• Surprisingly to Montag, all the men know his name and
  seem to be expecting him.
• These are the men of whom Faber spoke. They live as
  hobos, staying secluded along the railroad lines outside
  the cities, away from the police.
                End of the Novel
• To keep from being arrested, each man memorizes the
  texts of as many books as he can, instead of carry the
  books themselves.
• The goal is to one day, when the world has changed, be
  able to re-copy these books into written form again.
• Granger, the leader of these men, explains their mission
  to Montag: ―All we want to do is keep the knowledge we
  think we will need intact and safe. We’re not out to incite
  or anger anyone yet. For if we are destroyed, the
  knowledge is dead, perhaps for good.
• We are model citizens, in our own special way; we walk
  the old tracks, we lie in the hills at night, and the city
  people let us be.‖
• Montag, too, has a vital role to play. Granger informs
  him, ―If anything should happen to Harris, you are the
  Book of Ecclesiastes. See how important you’ve
  become in the last minute!‖
              End of the Novel
• Watching through a portable television, Montag and
  his new friends see the Mechanical Hound find a
  replacement for the real fugitive.
• The animal closes in on an unsuspecting old man. It
  seems as though media ratings are more important
  than actually solving the crime.
• Bradbury continues to relate nature to the theme of
  Fahrenheit 451, using the words of Granger
• Soon, the men, now miles away, hear the bombing of
  Montag’s city.
• The war seems apparently underway. Montag knows
  that Mildred must be one of the millions of people
  killed in the massacre, and though he feels some
  sorrow, he knows that Mildred is emotionally dead
               End of the novel
• Granger reflects over the city’s destruction, saying,
  ―We know the damn silly thing we just did. We know
  all the damn silly things we’ve done for a thousand
  years and as long as we know that and always have it
  around where we can see it, someday we’ll stop
  making the goddamn funeral pyres and jumping in the
  middle of them.‖
• He goes on, ―But even when we had the books on
  hand, a long time ago, we didn’t use what we got out
  of them.‖
• Yet Bradbury leaves the reader with at least some
  hope that Montag and his friends’ point of view will
  eventually be planted again in the minds of the
• For at lunch, Montag is inspired to share with the men
  this passage: ―And on either side of the river was there
  a tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and
  yielded her fruit every month; And the leaves of the
  tree were for the healing of the nations.‖
• The Salamander insignia represents the
  firemen of Bradbury’s brave new world.
• Bradbury uses the Salamander to
  exemplify the decrepit nature of the
• This society, like a salamander, has sunk
  into the depths of depravity, and now,
  though seemingly modern, is really more
  primitive than ever.
• The seashells, or ear-radios, are used to
  promote the propaganda of the
  government and advance its agenda, or
  lack thereof.
• Using these shells, the people drift off to
  sea, so to speak, and lose sight of reality.
     Parlor family/television
• This artificial family embodies the quality
  that the government seeks most to
  promote in its people: superficiality.
• The parlor family knows nothing of reality,
  but instead is focused on temporal
• Like the seashells, the televised family
  serves as a distraction and a mindless
  way to occupy man’s mind.
• It’s interesting to note that the name
  Montag is actually the name of a paper
  manufacturing company.
• In many ways, Montag is a blank slate
  who picks up bits of knowledge from
  Clarisse, Faber, and finally Granger.
• Bradbury chuckles about this
  ―coincidence‖ in his afterword to
  Fahrenheit 451.
• Fire is an artificial substitute for the reality
  of truth, which can only be found in books.
• Beatty dedicates his life to burning when
  he can’t find satisfaction in the books he
           Sieve and Sand
• The Sieve and the Sand image is used by
  Bradbury to explain Montag’s goal to learn
  the knowledge he reads in books.
• Like sand falling through a sieve, Montag
  thinks that if he reads fast enough, at least
  some of the books’ wisdom will be
  retained before it falls through the sieve of
  his mind.
• Throughout his novel, Bradbury uses allusions
  to nature to symbolize reality or truth.
• When Montag reaches land, after floating down
  the river to escape, he experiences the
  sensation of smell for the first time.
• The lifestyle of the wandering resistance also
  exemplifies this idea.
• They live with nature, out in the country away
  from the city, where they experience reality.
• Bradbury’s novel gives an anti-censorship message.
• Bradbury understood censorship to be a natural outcropping of an
  overly tolerant society.
• Once one group objects to something someone has written, that
  book is modified and censorship begins.
• Soon, another minority group objects to something else in the book,
  and it is again edited until eventually the book is banned altogether.
• In Bradbury’s novel, society has evolved to such an extreme that all
  literature is illegal to possess.
• No longer can books be read, not only because they might offend
  someone, but because books raise questions that often lead to
  revolutions and even anarchy.
• The intellectual thinking that arises from reading books can often be
  dangerous, and the government doesn’t want to put up with this
• Yet this philosophy, according to Bradbury, completely ignores the
  benefits of knowledge.
• Yes, knowledge can cause disharmony, but in many ways,
  knowledge of the past, which is recorded in books, can prevent man
  from making similar mistakes in the present and future.
• The society envisioned by Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451 is often
  compared to Huxley’s Brave New World.
• Though both works definitely have an anti-government theme, this is
  not the core idea of Bradbury’s novel.
• As Beatty explains in part one, government control of people’s lives
  was not a conspiracy of dictators or tyrants, but a consensus of
  everyday people.
• People are weak-minded; they don’t want to think for themselves
  and solve the troubling problems of the world.
• It is far easier to live a life of seclusion and illusion—a life where the
  television is reality.
• Yet more importantly, Fahrenheit 451 is an anti-apathy and anti-
  dependence and anti-television message.
• People in the novel are afraid—afraid of themselves.
• They fear the thought of knowing, which leads them to depend of
  others (government) to think for them.
• Since they aren’t thinking, they need something to occupy their
  time. This is where television comes in.
• A whole host of problems arise from television: violence, depression
  and even suicide.
• Thus, Bradbury advocates the idea that men
  should think for themselves, not let the
  government or the television do their thinking for
• The easiest way, Bradbury argues, to think for
  oneself is to expand one’s knowledge of history
  and politics and religion.
• This can only be achieved through the study of
• Though this study may cause discomfort, all in
  all, it is necessary for any society that doesn’t
  wish to repeat the mistakes of the past.

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