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Fahrenheit 451 Presentation

Brant Falkenberry Cody Hartzog Matt Minor

Cody Hartzog

on 9 October 2012

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Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451 (can't underline), was an American author of fiction works including horror, mystery, Sci-Fi, and fantasy. Bradbury was influenced by writers
such as H.G. Wells, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Jules Verne, and Edgar Allan Poe. Bradbury grew up hoping to make a career out of writing. In the time period that Fahrenheit 451 was released in 1953, World War II had recently ended. At this time, the national government of the United States began to rapidly gain strength. People were becoming infatuated with technology such as radios and television, which drew much attention away from the happenings of their surroundings in the real world. Both of these factors were displayed in the book that Bradbury wrote as a possibility of the real world in decades to come. For example, the government in the dystopian world held much control over the people, so much as to outlaw books. Also, families in the book became immersed with Seashell-radios and parlor-televisions to a point that they considered it to be real life, and some considered the actors on the television to be family members. Dystopian Characters

1-Mildred, the typical citizen.
Montag's wife, Mildred, was the representative of a typical citizen in the dystopian world of Fahrenheit 451. She accepted all propaganda from the government, especially that about books and the incoming war, and she conformed to the average way of life of the majority of citizens in the book. She watched TV, listened to her radio, and was emotionally unattached to her fellow human beings. The government's influence over Mildred was so strong that she even turned in her own husband for keeping books.

2-Captain Beatty, the symbol of authority.
Captain Beatty served as the symbol of tyranny and control throughout the book. He was a captain of the firemen, the group in charge of maintaining control of the population by going out and burning books. Montag feared Beatty because he knew that Beatty would jail him if he caught him with books. Beatty represented a symbol of authority by mentally combating the main character disenfranchised with society and eventually forcing him to burn his own house down and trying to arrest him. The captain was feared by all characters who resisted the law.

3-Guy Montag, the disenfranchised protagonist.
Guy Montag was a fireman, and the main character in Fahrenheit 451. After many years of serving as a fireman, he began to revolt against the idea of burning books when he met a young girl named Clarisse McClellan. He began hoarding books, and sought help in his plan to bring down the fireman in a fellow rebel named Faber. Montag eventually is caught and has to kill Beatty and escape the authorities. Background Significant Excerpts

1. "That favorite subject, myself."..."I understand that one," said Mildred.
-Montag's wife implying that she only cares about herself. This excerpt emphasizes Montag and Mildred's broken relationship, which led to her turning him in to the firemen.

2. "Only if the third necessary thing could be given us. Number one, as I said, quality of information. Number two: leisure to digest it. And number three: the right to carry out actions based on what we learned from the first two. And I hardly think a very old man and a fireman turned sour could do this much late in the game..." (Faber)
-This excerpt is significant because it addresses the problem faced in the dystopian world and the reason it has not been solved yet.

3. "We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the constitution says, but everyone made equal . . . A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon. Breach man’s mind." (Beatty)

-This statement from Beatty is a declaration of why the firemen exist. He states that burning books is a way of maintaining peace by controlling the minds of the population. Montag's desire for freedom to form opinions and the revelation of knowledge as interpreted by authors, the opposite of the fireman's mission, were his main motives to bring down the firemen. Three Acts
Act One- The first part of Fahrenheit introduces the setting of the story. At the beginning of the book, Montag was introduced as the protagonist, a thirty year old fireman. Books were outlawed in the dystopian world of Fahrenheit 451, and firemen were in charge of burning down houses belonging to people that were reported to have books. Guy Montag lived with his wife, Mildred.

Act two- The rising action in Fahrenheit 451 began when Montag went on a call to burn down a woman's house and the woman decided to burn with her books. After this, Montag began questioning his job when he thought of the girl he met named Clarisse that disappeared and the woman that comitted suicide. Montag then began hoarding books. Suspicions rose as Montag's wife found out about the books and his boss, Captain Beatty, visited him when he took off work. Beatty then sent a mechanical hound around Montag's house, foreshadowing that he knew Montag had been gathering books. Eventually, Montag sought help to bring down the firemen in an old man named Faber. They devised a plan to plant books in the fire stations and frame the firemen. Later, Montag brought out a book and read poetry to his wife's friends, and they stormed out of his house. Montag's wife then alerted the firemen about Montag's books when he was at work. Beatty stopped the firetruck at Montag's house, and forced him to burn down his own house. At the climax of the story, Montag burned Beatty to death with the house and went in hiding from the authorities.

Act Three- The third part of the book includes the falling action and the aftermath. Attempting to flee to a new life, Montag goes to Faber for help. Faber tells him to burn his own clothes and wear Faber's clothes, cleaning the smells with alcohol. Montag then floats down the river to an outcast community that memorizes books line-by-line and then burns them to prevent arrest. Montag and the community migrate south to avoid the imminent bombings of the city brought by the war. Finally, the community goes to the destroyed city to help rebuild.

1. Ignorance is Bliss.
-Throughout the book, the society in Fahrenheit 451 advocates ignorance to keep peace. For example, the firemen exist to burn books, keeping opinions from forming so that there would not be any differing views. Inventions such as the parlor-televisions and seashell-radios were used to keep the citizens busy with entertainment so that they wouldn't use their leisure time to learn or think about the problems of the world. The government used propaganda like informing the population the war would be won within two days to keep the minds of the people at bay. Authority figures wanted citizens to be uninformed to keep peace and false happiness (complacency) in the dystopian world.

2. Knowledge is Power.
-Montag and other secretive book collectors like Faber believed that knowledge and opinion should be formed to promote happiness in the world. They thought that books were the the answer to interpreting and understanding things,which would fulfill the mind and provide happiness. The book readers believed that knowledge would provide solutions to problems and shape opinions for the progression of society.

3. Nature/Technology role in Society.
-In the futuristic world of Fahrenheit 451, technology is prevalent to appreciation of nature. Television, radio, and driving cars are all used as forms of entertainment, taking place of any outdoor activities. Entertainment via technology immerses the lives of citizens in the book. The population has no appreciation for anything but technology, and merely bides their time being entertained. Another example of this theme is the use of the Mechanical Hound. The Mechanical Hound is used to track down fugitives in place of a real dog. When Montag is fleeing and misperceives a deer for a Mechanical Hound, he realizes that the real animal living in the wild is peaceful. Bradbury uses this to show that the nature plays a vital role for peace in the real world, and that technology could lead to a a world like that shown in Fahrenheit 451.

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