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Fahrenheit 451 Project

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Transcript of Fahrenheit 451 Project

P B B mbrella Fahrenheit 451 U D ogged Many of the characters in Fahrenheit 451 act dogged, or stubborn, when it comes to Montag trying to change their beliefs. They are all truly brainwashed, and are so deeply changed in their mindset, that it is near impossible to convert their ways. They just want what they believe to be true and do not care about anyone elses thoughts. A nachronism c allow In this futuristic society, the people are callow, or immature. They have not harnessed any knowledge from books, and therefore are childlike in their mindset and their heavy dependency on the government. They rely on TV to keep them entertained, and their pastimes are meaningless. E strange Guy and Mildred Montag have been married for years, but they seem not to even know each other. Their souls are strangers to their spouses, and no effort is made to reconcile the relationship. Their marriage is no longer important to either of them. F orthright Umbrella There is an absence of umbrellas from this story, hinting at the absence of rain. Rain is an essence of life, and, by removing this cleansing element from his story, Bradbury underlines the absurdity of Montag's society. there are only two instances of rain throughout the novel, both of which include Clarisse. Bradbury uses this parallel to signify that Clarisse will be the one to catalyze the cleansing of Montag's society. An anachronism is something appropriate to a time period other than the one it is in. In Fahrenheit 451, Clarisse is the anachronism in the story. Had she been born in our time period she would be considered normal instead of antisocial. B L oyalist Forthright meas direct, straight forward, and honest. Clarisse is forthright in the way that she speaks to others. Unlike the rest of society, Clarisse is not afraid to speak her mind, even if it is against everyone else's beliefs. She asks straight forward questions such as asking if Montag is happy, and she states her honest thoughts such as telling Montag that he is not truly in love. K ibitzer G In the novel, the government controls the people's thoughts and actions. When Montag escapes from the other firemen, they force the people to go and invade the territory he is on. They believe anything the government will say because they are so brainwashed. They hunt him down until they find another man used as a scapegoat for the government. A girasol is a clear crystal that glows like fire under a certain light. This stone's unique characteristic parallels Montag's own state: in certain circumstances and under certain light, his true colors shine through. Clarisse acts as the "certain light", focusing on the "stone" of Montag and allowing him to "shine like fire". nvasion ane I Bane is the cause for ruin. In Fahrenheit 451, the bane of their society is the fact that everyone gave up on education and literature, and allowed the government to make all their decisions for them. J udgement The government in the novel is the main kibitzer, always meddling in peoples lives without their knowledge or consent. The people have given themselves over to the government and are being controlled in return. They do not know the difference in normal life, and the life they are accustomed to. Because everyone is so alike in this society, anyone who is different is judged harshly. Clarisse receives judgement when she, unlike her other class mates, dislikes the television and sports classes she takes in school. She is called "unsocial" for being different than everyone else. Everyone is taught to be judgemental of those who do not follow the rules. arcomania Narcomania, the uncontrollable craving for drugs, is evident throughout Montag's society. Instead of being addicted to narcotics, however, the denizens of Bradbury's dystopia are addicted to pleasure in its various forms (most prominently television), and even go so far as to give up their ability to think for themselves in their quest for self-gratification. O ppression Oppression means prolonged or unjust treatment or control, which is exactly what Montag has been experiencing. The government has taken abuse of their control and is hurting the people by suspending their ability to gain knowledge from books, or to know of the past. There is no reason for this treatment other than the fact that the government wants everyone to be equally oblivious. edonism H Hedonism is the belief that pleasure is the highest good. The society in Fahrenheit 451 is a hedonistic one. They gave up the ability to think for themselves just so that they could find selfish pleasure in meaningless things. V erbigeration Verbigeration is the morbid repetition of words. One example of this in Fahrenheit 451 would be the advertisement that sings "Denham's Dentifrice, Denham's Dandy Dental Detergent". It is repeated over and over until the point where peole cannot think. P hoenix A phoenix is a mythological bird that destroys itself to reincarnate itself. The phoenix in Fahrenheit 451 is society itself. It is on the brink of destruction ready to be reincarnated by others like Montag and the intellectuals. M ayhem With the damaging of books and limitation of knowledge in this civilization, they are living in mayhem, or damaging disorder. The destruction is not occurring to just the books, but also to the city and the people living there. There is a war going on. The citizens are not interested in anything other than television and technology, and the city is going to be destroyed with no one preparing for war. With all of this going on, no one seems to be the least bit worried or concerned. T orment Montag is often faced with feelings of torment. He is tormented by the memory of the woman who stayed in her house as it burned, by the books he has kept hidden in his home, and by his wife, Mildred, who seems to be losing her mind to television and her sea shell radio. There are many things wrong with the world that Montag lives in, and he seems to be one of only a few who are tormented or bothered by them. Z eal Zeal means great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause. This describes Montag as he puts so much enthusiasm into discovering what books have to offer and sharing that information with everyone else. Montag is willing to go as far as planting books in other fireman's homes, or even killing someone to reach to his goal of eliminating firemen all together and creating a civilization where books and knowledge are allowed. R adical In Fahrenheit 451, the people who collect books and hide them from the government are considered radical. They have a zeal and passion for books that is unappreciated by their neighbors. If they were inhabitants of modern society, they would be considered avid learners and leaders, but to the people who are against the books, they are on the insane pariah that should be locked up and shunned. N irasol X E terior In this world, the outer appearance or exterior of things is far more important than the interior or well being of a person. Materialism is the main priority and quality relationships have no value. Nothing has true meaning, and a facade is put on each and every person to make them equal and not special in any way. A physical and emotional mask is put on each day by these people so that no one is deemed too important or remarkable.
A loyalist is someone who supports the existing government. All of the citizens in Fahrenheit are so controlled in their heads that they remain loyal to the way the government works. Even if it is not right, the people do not know any better. They do not think for themselves, and end up dying for their beliefs when the city goes up in flames. S agacious Clarisse McLellan is a very sagacious person. She shows wisdom when she talks to Montag and especially in her whole persona. She has a mindset that is far beyond their time, and believed things that many people in their society could even imagine. She sticks to her thoughts and lives with being called "weird" because she would rather be wise than think what the society considers politically correct. Y earn In Fahrenheit 451, Clarisse makes Montag think about his life and wonder if he is truly happy. He looks at his life where it is and realizes how much has changed and yearns for a happier life. He and his wife, Mildred, barely talk, and he has a love for books which has to be hidden because of the laws in their futuristic society. He has a deep longing for the society to use intelligence and express emotions. O A B C E D F G H I J K L M N Q R S T U V W X Q Y Z uandary In Farhenheit 451, confusion and perplexity fills Montags mind. He is in a quandary with himself almost the entire time. He seems to always be faced with decisions that have influence in his life or death. Whether it was burning and hiding books, or telling the truth to authorities, Montag has suffered from great internal conflict. Waif A waif is, by definition, a homeless child, but can also apply to any young individual who is shunned by society. Clarisse, who, by our standards, is a normal teenage girl, is marked as dangerous and unstable in her world because she is a free thinker and thus becomes an outcast, shunned by most others except her family. P
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