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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Part One

Character quotes and analysis for Part 1 of the novel. Discussion questions for characters as well. Also identifying type of chracters for Fahrenheit 451.
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Transcript of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Part One

"It's fine work. Monday burn Millay. Wednesday Whitman. Friday Faulkner, burn 'em to ashes, then burn the ashes. That's our official slogan." (8)
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"I'm seventeen and I'm crazy." (7)
PART 1
Fahrenheit 451
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"The woman's hand twitched on the single matchstick...reached out with contempt to them all and struck the kitchen match against the railing." (39-40)
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"The same girl. McClellan. McClellan. Run over by a car. Four days ago. I'm not sure. But I think she's dead. The family moved out anyway." (47)
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"And suddenly she was so strange he couldn't believe he knew her at all." (42)
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"Colored people don't like 'Little Black Sambo'. Burn it. White people don't feel good about 'Uncle Tom's Cabin'. Burn it. Someone's written a book on tobacco and cancer of the lungs? The cigarette people are weeping? Burn the book. Serenity, Montag." (59)
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"We've got to start somewhere here, figuring out why we're in such a mess, you and the medicine nights, and the car, and me and my work." (66)
"There was only the singing of the thimble-wasps in her tampered shut ears...The small crystal bottle of sleeping tablets which earlier today had been filled with thirty caspules and which now lay uncapped and empty..." (13)
"God knows why. You're peculiar, you're aggravating." (23)
"There must be something in the books, things we can't imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house..." (51)
Guy Montag.
Protagonist, he was the first character mentioned
Round, at this point of the novel he hasn't changed, however, as the protagonist is bound to change
Why hasn't he questioned the profession of firemen before?
Clarisse McClellan.
Supporting/minor character, although she had a long role in the first few pages she wasn't the most important.
Static, she didn't change throughout the novel and stayed as energetic as she was.

Why do you think she decided to talk to Montag in the first place?
Mildred Montag.
Supporting/minor, she was an important minor character but the book is centered towards her husband.
Foil, she and Montag had differences in mindset
Why would the author decide to introduce her into the novel this way?
Montag/Clarisse.
(characteristics mentioned before)
Their relationship at this point as grown, despite her ideas being to extreme for him he enjoys her company.
What characteristics did she have that he lacked which ulimately made him attracted to her?
Mrs. Blake.
Minor, only one scene with her
Flat, her opinions on books being a nessesity never changed.
Do you think it was nessesary for her to burn herself to make a statement and eventually impact Montag? Why or why not.
Mildred Montag.
(characteristics mentioned)
In this scene Guy M. realized how little he knew about his wife
Development of their relationship is occuring
How come he hasn't noticed this before? Will realizing this improve their relationship?
Clarisse McClellan.
(characteristics mentioned).
Eventhough this chracter can no longer develop the lasting impact on Montag will.
How did she alter the way Montag thinks now?
Guy Montag.
(characteristics mentioned).
Since he has gone through that he cannot stop thinking about books
He has changed from someone who wouldn't dare to read a book, to someone who wants to
Why is he so curious about books?
Captian Beatty.
Supporting/minor, he doesn't deeply impact the novel nor that significant.
Flat, he always has the same idea that books aren't healthy.
If he doesn't approve of books then why does he mention the punishment for a fireman to have them so casually?
Guy Montag.
(characteristics mentioned)
At this point he is desperate to read books in order to gain an undersanding of life
What outcome in his character do you think will be in reading these books?
What outcome in his character do you think will be in reading these books?
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