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Fahrenheit 451 Annotations
Transcript of Fahrenheit 451 Annotations
"They fell like slaughtered birds and the women stood below, like a girl, among the bodies"(37 ).
" Montag felt the hidden book pound like a heart against his chest"(39 ).
" He could feel the poison working up his wrists and into his elbows and his shoulders, and then the jump over from shoulder blade to shoulder blade like a spark leaping a gap"(41 ).
"Outside the house, a shadow moved, an autumn wind rose up and faded away. But there was something else in the silence that he heard. It was like a breath exhaled upon the window. It was like a faint drift of greenish luminescent smoke, the motion of a single huge October leaf blowing across the lawn and away"(48 ).
"Beatty knocked his pipe into the palm hand, studied the ashes as if they were a symbol to be diagnosed and searched for meaning"( 59).
" Mildred backed away as if she were suddenly confronted by a pack of mice that had come up out of the floor"( 66). "Fahrenheit 451"
Bradbury chose this as the title of the book because this is the degree that books burn at. When you burn books, you burn knowledge and wisdom.
“The Hearth and the Salamander”
The hearth is a symbol of a fireplace in a traditional home. In ancient times it was believed that salamanders were not harmed by fire, which represents the firemen not being harmed by fire when they are burning the books.
The Mechanical Hound
The Hound shows the reader that there is an absence of real animals and nature in general.
When Montag is with his Mom as a young boy
“But the strangely comfortable and rare and gently flattering light of the candle” (Location 83). In this moment, Montag felt comfortable. He remembered when the lights turned off and for a second he didn’t want them to turn back on because the world made sense. This shows how alone and scared he actually was. "Established 1790, to burn English-influenced books in the colonies. First Fireman: Benjamin Franklin."(34) Benjamin Franklin was the founder of the first American fire brigade which was started in Boston 1736 "We shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, in england, as I trust shall never be put out, a man named Latimer said that to a man named Nicholas ridley as they were being burnt alive at Oxford, for heresy, on October 16, 1555."(40) Latimer and Ridley were people who were killed for treason and were martyrs for their beliefs "Colored people don't like the Little Black Sambo. Burn it. White people don't geel good about Uncle Tom's Cabin. Burn it."(59) Uncle Tom's Cabin was written by Harriet Beecher Stowe, and it showed the bad side of slavery Fahrenheit 451 Annotations Group 2 pages 33-68 Dylan Brewer
Jessica Valadez In the process of starting the fire Montag steals a book. Montag shows compassion to the women that is unusual in society. Montag tries to convince her to leave, to save her life. later Montag realizes that he wouldn’t care if Mildred overdosed and died. Montag realizes that books are a
somebody’s entire life stories and work. Montag begins to look for the truth of the world around him. Montag tells Mildred that he doesn't want to work as a fireman any more and shows her a secret stock of books he's been hiding. He wants her help in finding something useful to tell other people. Beatty is trying to direct Montag back on the path of following society but Montag is determined to find the truth of books. The figurative language style that the author Ray Bradbury uses the most is smilies, so that his readers can picture what an/the object looks like. “The Hearth and the Salamander” focuses on Montag’s job as a fireman and his home life. The hearth, or fireplace, is a traditional symbol of the home, and the salamander is one of the official symbols of the firemen Both of these symbols have to do with fire, the dominant image of Montag’s life—the hearth because it contains the fire that heats a home, and the salamander because of ancient beliefs that it lives in fire and is unaffected by flames. Montag enjoys his job burning books and takes great pride in it; at the beginning of the novel, it largely defines his character. The opening passage describes the pleasure he experiences while burning books. He loves the spectacle of burning and seeing things “changed” by the fire, and his fire-induced grin seldom leaves his face. He even loves the smell of kerosene, which never quite washes off his body. Montag- A fireman who starts to wonder things that nobody else even dares to think
Clarisse-A girl that has some sort of mental illness and gets Montag thinking of a bigger picture
Beatty- One of montages fireman co-workers who has not shown a purpose in the story yet.
Mildred- Montags slightly depressed wife. 1.) Why does Montag wait for Clarrise everyday? 2.) Why is Montag so affected by the woman burning? 3.) What does Montag realize about Mildred?