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Transcript of Fahrenheit 451
firefighter whose curiosity of books and
the knowledge they hold becomes
unbearable to the point where he has to decide
to continue his unhappy life or risk his life to
Ray Bradbury's Development of Characters Guy Montag--a firefighter; the easily persuaded protagonist. Plagued with the idea of books, he comes to despise his job. EX) Montag enjoys his profession of burning books. After meeting a quirky teenage girl who is against the status quo, he begins to start changing his worldviews. Faber--a former English professor who disapproves of the society he lives in. Is very careful about others knowing the fact that he secretly memorized sections of stories and poems, yet trusts Montag almost immediately. EX) Faber gives Montag his contact information after an hour of social interaction, "for your file, in case you decide to be angry with me", he quotes, much to Montag's surprise. Clarisse McClellan--the teen girl Montag runs into. She ends up subliminally influencing him into thinking about his own happiness. EX) Montag enjoys his profession of burning books. After meeting a quirky teenage girl who is against the status quo, he begins to start changing his worldviews. EX) She tells Montag about lifestyles 40 years ago that she heard from her uncle. Bradbury could've developed this character more instead
of implying the impression that she died in a car wreck. Captain Beatty--antagonist; Montag's boss. Obviously has some literary knowledge, like Faber. EX) Beatty's arguments that persuaded Montag not to give in to the appeal of books showed that Beatty himself has probably read books before. Plot Evaluation Author keeps the story interesting by having a series of events that affect the protagonist directly. EX)
Montag meets Clarisse Mechanical Hound (built to track and kill those against society) growls at Montag Montag secretly steals a book from a house that was set on fire Montag and Faber plot against Beatty and the firemen Theme of Fahrenheit 451 Censorship _ reading and/or possessing books is
considered illegal. EX) Anyone who is found with books is arrested and the books are burned. Also, people who have interests other than entertainment and technology are often viewed as criminals or being insane, like Clarisse, who was forced to see a psychiatrist. Ignorance vs. Knowledge _ The society in which Montag lives widely adopts the idea of knowledge is
"dangerous". EX) The real reason
for firemen burning
books is to advocate
ignorance so society
will remain invariable. "Don't step on the toes of dog lovers, the cat lovers,
doctors, lawyers, merchants, chiefs, Mormons, Baptists, Unitarians, second-generation Chinese, Swedes, Italians, Germans, Texans, Brooklynites, Irishmen, people from Oregon or Mexico. The
people in this book, this play, this TV serial are not meant to represent any actual painters, cartographers, mechanics anywhere. The bigger your market, Montag, the less you handle controversy, remember that!" --Beatty to Montag, pg. 52 Good Book Or Not? Overall, I believe that Fahrenheit 451 IS a good book because it warns us of how our society possibly could end up if we start opressing new and different ideas, such as a book that might offend a reader. For example, if no one was allowed the right to think and/or read, our lives would be more vexatious than tranquil because censoring knowledge would limit our ability to cherish the true meaning of life. Montag's wife, Mildred, is shown to be
unhappy with her life because she overdosed
on pills; she later denies what had happened to Montag, even though
he witnessed the process of clean blood being replaced in her to
restore her health.