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What does the author indicate about the importance of the number 451 and the fireman's job.
451 is the temperature at which paper burns , and the importance of the fireman's job is to burn all books to make sure that no one can read them.
How does this introduction go against conventional wisdom and signal to the reader that a different value system will be introduced?
We do not believe that firemen are bad people who burn people's property, but we believe that they save fires- they are hero's to us.
How does the author indicate that Montag has a daring—or rebellious—streak in his character?
He went down the hole at the fire station without grabbing onto the pole to help him down;shows that he is quite the dare-devil.
According to Greek myth, the salamander is able to live in a fire without being hurt, and the phoenix lives for 500 years before dying in a fire and being regenerated from the fire. Why would Montag have these symbols on his clothing?
They both relate to fire and his clothing protects him from the flames.
How is the character of Clarisse McClennan differentiated from that of Montag?
She thinks in terms of feelings, freedom, and happiness whereas Montag doesn't really think at all.
Montag returns to his house after talking with Clarisse. What hints does the author give about other dimensions to Montag's character?
He looks at Clarisse when she's speaking and looks at the moon when she mentions it.
Describe Mildred as the reader first encounters her.
Glassy eyes, stiff, marble
What happens when the jets go overhead?
Montag realizes that Mildred has tried to kill herself and he calls for emergency help.
What kind of medical help is given to Mildred?
They pump her stomach, but act like it's nothing.
What is Mildred's reaction when Montag tells her about the pills, and why does she react this way?
She doesnt believe she would do that.
What purpose is served by the electronic thimble earpieces and the televisors (talking walls) in the Montag house?
Everyone has the earpieces to drown out the sound individual thought and replace it with programmed info. The talking walls replace personal interaction. Together, they prevent thinking for oneself, meaningful convo, or genuine human relationships.
What is the Mechanical Hound, and how does it interact with Montag?
It is a piece of equipment that is programmed to search out its prey and kill it by injecting it with a drug. it growls at him and advances towards him.
What is the significance of the Mechanical Hound's attack toward Montag?
It indicates that something inside of him is going on that puts his chemical balance outside the range on file at the firehouse.
What happens when Montag's team is called to a fire in an old house? What literary term is the quotation spoken by the old woman?
There is a woman who refuses to leave and chooses to burn herself with her books. Before she lights the match she says "play the man". This quote is an illusion to the last words of 2 English martyrs who were burned at the stake.
What does Captain Beatty say about the quotation when they return to the firehouse, and what does the incident show?
He gives the source of the quotation indicating that he is somewhat educated.
What happens when Montag gets home from the fire at the old woman's? What does he sense in the dark outside, and what does he find inside?
He hides the book he stole from the old woman's house under his pillow. Mildred and he talked but they can't connect with each other. He finds out that Clarisse had been killed 4 days earlier and his wife just now told him. He senses the hound.
What happens between Mildred and Montag the next day? What realization does Montag] come to?
Montag realizes that books are real and they represent the work, thoughts, and lives of real people and he realizes how fake Mildred's world is.
What does Captain Beatty tell Montag about history and about the need for firemen? In his speech, Beatty says, "The world was roomy. But then the world got full of eyes and elbows and mouths." What literary term is used in this quotation?
At first there were few books and few people but as the population grew, so did the ideas and books; When it became too crowded with ideas and books, summaries and digests were created. Eventually people only began to read comics or trade journals. He says firemen were created to make people happy by burning books and destroying ideas that make people unhappy.
Explain Beatty's message when he is talking about Clarisse's disappearance.
He explains that the state had watched the family and had suspicions about their behavior and suspected that her heredity and environment had caused her to be different.
On whom or what does Beatty put the responsibility for the beginnings of book burnings?
He claims that minorities who had a slight dissatisfaction with something brought about the fermentation of what they didn't like which eventually led to the burning of books.
What does Montag reveal to Mildred?
He shows Mildred his books that he has stolen from fires and hidden at home. He tells her that he is terribly unhappy and she begs her to read the books with him.
What is Mildred's reaction when Montag reads from the first book? What does this indicate about Mildred's character?
She says that Captain Beatty is right that books don't mean anything. She is never going to change.
What is the significance of the sentence Montag reads about people dying rather than breaking the small ends of eggs?
An illusion to the book Gulliver's Travels. It is a book that would have been banned because of its ridicule towards society.
What are some of the science fiction elements depicted in this section of the book?
There are parlor walls made of TVs in which actors become more important than a person's real family. The Mechanical hound is science fiction, seashell headphones are a piece of technology used to erase Mildred's fears and memory.
What thematic concepts have been introduced in the story so far?
Banning of books which essentially means the banning of knowledge, Conformity v.s. reality.
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