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Transcript of Fahrenheit 451
Honors 9 Period One Part One: The Hearth and the Salamander Part Two: The Sieve and the Sand Part 3: Burning Bright The End! Key events of Ray Bradbury's Farenheit 451 Exposition of Fahrenheit 451 Bradbury introduces us to the novel in part one by making clear who the protagonist is; in part one, we are introduced to Guy Montag, as well as his job as a Fireman, or someone who burns books. The setting is a furturistic suburban area. We also meet two key minor characters: Clarisse and Mildred. Key Events of Part One Montag meets Clarisse: Page 6
Even though Clarisse is just a teenager, she kick-starts Montag on his path to questioning things. Mildred overdoses on sleeping pills: Page 14
By introducing the theme of escapism, Mildred, a minor character, demonstrates the element of a dystopia-utopia conflict. The introduction of the mechanical hound: Page 33
The ominous tone of the mechanical hound's lethal power carries a hint of foreshadowing towards injuries it can inflict. Clarisse lectures on the oddity of society: Page 31
Clarisse begins to further impact and divert Montag's unquestioning train of thought with her lecture on how strange society is in their time. Montag steals a book and shows it to Mildred: Page 40
This is the spark of a revolution- Montag's action shows that his mindset of a sheep is changing towards that of a shepherd, someone who takes action. Beatty lectures on the oddity of society: Page 61
Here, Beatty demonstrates that he is in fact questioning society himself. He also references anti-intellectualism, a key theme throughout the novel. Clarisse dies: Page 50
Although it was bound to happen at some point, Clarisse goes through the things she despised most in society, particularly the violence and apathy. This important event opens Montag's eyes, and the ordeal makes him more dedicated to completing her missions. Themes Of Fahrenheit 451 Key Events of Part 2 Mechanical hound comes to Montag's house (Page 78)
This hints to the fact that Montag is being followed and that his book stealing has not gone unnoticed. Montag meets Faber (Flashback)
As Montag's second "teacher," Faber, a minor character gives Montag the inspiration to steal books. Apathy: When Clarisse dies and when Montag is ill, Mildred and Beatty, along with others, show no sympathy for Montag.Don't give people time to think: As is mentioned in both Clarisse's and Beatty's speeches, the implementation of online classes, sports-centered schools and a fast paced society can destroy the time to think, thus making thworldld seem more of a utopia than it actually is.Escapism: Introduced by Mildred, this theme is present throughout the novel as a warning to the dangers of escapism. Theme introduced in Part One which are Present Throughout the Novel The Introduction of Escapism The theme of escapism is introduced in the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Mildred in order to prove that their futuristic "utopia" is far more similar to a dystopia. One key hint to escapism begins on page 14, when Mildred overdoses on sleeping pills and blocks out the world with her seashells. She abuses the pills in order for her to escape from the internal pain she may experience. Although she may deny it, the sleeping pills are a huge factor of her escapism. Secondly, Mildred offers a glimpse into the driving element of escapism. "I always like to drive fast when I feel that way. You get it up around ninety-five and you feel wonderful. Sometimes I drive all night." (Pages 68-69) Although speedy driving may be fun, it can also lead to the death or injury of others; the momentary bliss could be easily spoiled. Perhaps one reason the characters of 451 need escapism is to make the guilt of their joys lessen; it forms an endless circle of destruction and reward. Finally, Mildred's televised 'family" provides the most extreme form of escapism. Starting on page 21, the reader is introduced to the parlor walls, upon which fictional characters interact with the "audience" in a semi-tense conflict before the issue is quickly solved. Millie, as well as many others, turn to the walls in order to feel as if their personal problems will be resolved just as easily. This is however an illusion, as in a dystopia, problems are ever-present with wars, apathy and more. In retropect, the theme of escapism is introduced rather harshly in part one. Rising Action Inciting Force Other Story Parts Introduced in Part One Story Parts Implied by the Narrator Point of View: Third Person Limited-We know only the actions and thoughts that are occurring to Montag within the given scene. Antagonist: Towards the end of The Hearth and the Salamander, it is made clear that Beatty, accompanied by the area's government, are the "villains" of the novel. Pre-climax tone: The narrator carries a wary, almost forewarning tone towards the future of Montag, and has a motivational, optimistic feeling towards Clarisse. The tone remains indifferent, however, towards the minor characters and is neutral towards the plot. Story Parts Implemented by the
Characters of Fahrenheit 451 Conflict: Montag undergoes a pressing man versus society conflict- He is unsure whether to abide by the law with all thew other citizens or to spark a revolution by stealing and hoarding books instead of burning them. Towards the end of part one, the reader is also introduced to a secondary conflict: the man versus man tension between Beatty and Montag, which causes intense, heated discussions between the two. Montag goes to Faber's house (Page 87)
Here, Montag recieves the two-way bullet radio and enlists the help of Faber to overthrow Beatty. Faber lectures on the oddity of society (Page 88)
Montag is finally convinced to follow Faber's plans; the speech also touches on anti-intellectualism. Montag reads poetry to Mildred's friends
After somewhat convincing the reader that there is hope for books, Montag's reading offers a twist in the plot to show the readers how much society still dislikes literature. The firemen respond to an alarm...At Montag's house! (Page 120)
As the heavily foreshadowed climax of the story, this finale to The Sieve and The Sand injects the unknown element of what will happen next in the novel. Montag also realizes why the mechanical hound had been at his house. Rising Action Climax The Build-Up Of Escapism in The Sieve and the Sand The theme of escapism is built upon in Fahrenheit 451 by Mildred's friends to show the dystopian elements found in Fahrenheit 451. Firstly, the use of the paprlor walls is yet again implemented. When Mildred has her friends over, instead of socializing with each other, they interact with the TV. Although this reduces feuds, it is for that reason that the parlor walls are one form of escapism for Mildred's friends- the escaping of not only present but future issues as well, reducing the impact of the reality that they live in a dystopia. Secondly, the use of day cares for children is another form of escapism for Mildred's friends. "I plunk the children in school nine days out of ten. I put up with them when they come home three days a month; it's not bad at all." (Page 105)Although children are hardly a dystopian problem, the women send them away for the riddance of nuisances, which creates the weak illusion of a happier life., where they can escape form every problem that comes their way. Lastly, the essence of the novel- the ignorance of books- is a final and desperate attempt at escapism. When Montag reads them the poen, the women cover their ears and begin to scream and cry, perhaps to drown out the sound, or perhaps as a reaction to the harsh reality. The burning of books was designed for a more utopian society where everyone can escape from their problems. Mildred's friends are the epitome of escapism-their ignorance is their bliss, and the shock of reality highlights the dystopia of their society. Post-Climax Tone Of Farenheit 451 After the sudden plot twist, the tone of the story alters from neutral towards the plot with an informational concept to and urgent tone and a more entertaining concept. The tone towards Montag becomes one of alarm and worry that the protagonist could be arrested, and his books burned. Key Events of Part 3 Montag burns his own house: Page 126
The desperation is clear for montag to save the books, but while burning the house, he goes through an internal cleansing of his mind, and he feels somewhat free of his burdens.. Montag burns Beatty and attacks two other men: Page 129
Not only is it an agressive fom of escapism for Montag, but it acts as escapism for Beatty as well-it is as if he wanted to be killed to be removed of the weight on his shoulders. Mechanical hound bites and numbs Montag's leg
This brief encounter with the vicious robot causes great difficulty to Montag in his escape, and adds to the tension of the moment. Montag escapes to Faber's house
This acts as a critical moment for Montag, and it is here that Faber assists him so that he may escape easily and without a trace. Second Hound Comes
As yet another danger to escape, the second hound increases Montags conflict between himself and the government. Montag escapes the hound and meets Granger
As the story winds down, the conflict begins to dissolve, and the reader is introduced to the final minor character: Granger. He and his colleagues are able to sway montag towards a life of literacy. Montag Joins the book club and returns to the city post-bombing to start a revoluton.
The conflict is resolved, and hope is instilled in the reader that books may become less scarce again. Resolution Falling Action The Messages of Escapism Bradbury ends the novel with the message of the consequences of escapism for the theme of escapism. Firstly, as is illustrated by Beatty indirectly killing himself, death as a form of escapism may seem easy at the beginning, but comes with unwanted consequences-in this case no chance of the character living again. Secondly, Mildred demonstrates the problems with escapism via overdosing on drugs. When Mildred consumes the entire bottle of sleeping pills, she is momentarily calmed, but slowly goes into a drug-induced, near fatal coma. Bradbury intends to warn the reader that using drugs as a form of escapism can lead to death unless treated medically. Lastly, when Mildred's friends escape from their worries via the parlor walls, they become desensitized to what really matters and become sheltered, When loved ones die, they have apathy, but when they listen to poetry, they freak out. This goes to show that their lives are sugar-coated, and that they lack the capability to handle reality.. Overall, Bradbury uses these examples of escapism to warn us of what could really happen in a dystopia.