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Fahrenheit 451 -Story Map
Transcript of Fahrenheit 451 -Story Map
The Sieve and the Sand Part Three:
Burning Bright Part One:
The Hearth and the Salamander Clarisse and her family are found unusual because they talk to each other, and think for themselves, they are against conformity, unlike everyone else.
Instead of having a real dog at the firehouse they have a 'Mechanical Hound' which shows how advanced the world has become. Once Faber agrees to help Montag with his plan, he hands him a green ear bullet with which he will be able to here him through because he feels that he will be safer away from the action. This is an example of escapism. Since Beatty was burnt with the green ear bullet, Montag must fend for himself. This shows Montags ability and dedication to carry through with his plans.
On page 133 montag thinks to himself "Beatty wanted to die." Dying was Beatty's way of escaping (escapism). Montag brings the remaining books to Faber, and is sent on his way to find a group of old professors he refers to as Hobos, who are the people who help Montag hide from the police, later on (which saves his life).
Montag meets up with the Hobos and they welcome him into their group, putting Montag at the front of the group as they walk towards the city.
As they are walking to the city, it gets bombed, destroying everything but the group, and that is the resolution Allison Wright
Honors English 9
1st Period Plot Elements:
Where- In a city
Rising Action- Montag begins to question his job and the society he lives in.
Turning Point- When they show up at Montags home to burn the books
Meets with Faber
Beatty comes to Montags home and drops hints that he knows about the books that he has hidden.
Mildred calls in the alarm for their own home
Montag burns Beatty, and flees from the Hound.
Resolution- Meets up with the 'Hobos' which are a group of Professors and they join forces, making Montag the leader. As they are walking to the city together, the city is bombed, destroying everything. Story Elements:
Setting- In a fast paced city, where everything is high tech and evolved.
Conflict- Montag is not happy with his life
Point of View- 3rd person
Protagonist- Montag- Fireman who changes his ways when he gets a taste for books
Antagonist- Beatty and society in general-
Mildred- Montags wife. She is the perfect example of what society wants people to be.
Clarisse- Montags free spirited neighbor who is not swayed by societies rules and customs.
Faber- He helps Montag carry out his rebellion. He keeps book hidden.
Pre-turning point- Foreboding
Post turning point- Bitter
Censorship Montag Finds his wife Mildred in bed overdosed on pain pills, with her seashell ear buds in. This is where escapism is introduced. Handymen are sent instead of doctors to pump Mildred's stomach. This is when Montag begins to question the absurdity of the society he lives in, and questions wether or not he is happy. Mildred spends more time talking to her 'Family' on the TV than she does talking to her own husband. This is also escapism
Mildred is sent a script to read to her 'family' because it was approved by the government. This is an example of censorship. Mildred is afraid that if Beatty finds the books that have been hidden, her reputation and 'family' will be gone, this shows how selfish she is.
Montag recalls his first encounter with Faber who was afraid to talk at first because of Montags job as a fireman. There is no longer freedom of speech. Montag calls Faber in search of help, this is the event leading up to the turning point.
Part Two is called The Sieve and the Sand because when he is on his way to Fabers on the train, Montag tries desperately to remember quotes from The Bible but he feels them slipping away like sand slipping through a sieve, unable to be held within. Mildred calls in an alarm on her home, and is only worried about what will happen to her 'family.' Character development shows her selfish side yet again.
Beatty begins to quote Shakespeare, hinting that at one time he had read it for himself.
Montag gets fed up and burns Beatty and begins to run, the mechanical hound chases after him so Montag burns him as well. This is the start of the resolution. Montag reads aloud from an 'illegal book' to the group of women that are over to see Mildred, one of the women, Clara Phelps begins to cry. This is what censorship has done to the society. In the story Fahrenheit 451 during part one, the theme escapism is first brought up to show how people use activities and entertainment to forget bad or boring things for a short time. The product 'Seashells' are introduced when Montag comes home to find Mildred laying in bed, with them in her ears. These are described as "...thimble radios tamped tight, and an electronic ocean of sound, of music and talk.." (13) The narrator begins to explain that 'There had not been a night in the last two years that Mildred had not swum that sea..' (13) The 'sea' being the sounds drifting through the 'Seashells.' This shows that she is trying to escape from her own thoughts, and having to talk to Montag. After that, when Mildred is found to be overdosed on pills, we see her trying to escape from her life, because she's not happy. She may feel that she is so unhappy that the only way she can fix the problem is to take her own life, instead of seeking help. Later on we see it again when Mildred is spending more time talking to her 'family' than her husband Montag. She's using technology as a substitute for conversation, emotion and thinking. She is escaping reality itself. Part 0ne: Theme Part Two: Theme Part Three: Theme Later on in the story escapism is brought up again when Montag goes to visit Faber. After Faber agrees to help Montag, he hands him a "...small green metal object no larger than a .22 bullet." (98) This is Fabers way of helping but not having to be in the action. Faber explains it as " I'm the Queen Bee, safe in the hive. You will be the drone, the traveling ear."(98) He is pretty much saying he does not want to get hurt, so he'd rather have Montag do all the dirty work. He is another person trying to escape from reality. Later on when the group of ladies are talking in the parlor of Montag and Mildreds home, they begin talking about their children and how its easier for them to just send them off to boarding school and when they come home they put them in front of the TV so they do not have to deal with them. Family and love is no longer cherished, they'd rather escape from the 'burden' of it all. Towards the end of the story in part three, we see escapism when Captain Beatty taunts Montag until he kills him, 'Beatty wanted to die' Montag thinks to himself at one point. I feel that a less frequently brought up point is at the end of the book, when the city is bombed i feel that the people in charge felt like they'd rather escape from the problem than fix it somehow. They see it as exterminating the issue. In the end, I feel that Ray Bradbury was trying to use this theme to tell us that we can not ignore our problems, we must eventually face them, or they'll be the death of us.