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Fahrenheit 451 Pages 40-50
Transcript of Fahrenheit 451 Pages 40-50
Summary of Pages 40-50
In pages 40-50, the story is mostly set in Guy Montag's home and shows events occurring after the firemen burned the books and the women. When Montag arrives home, he goes to the bedroom (with a stolen book) and finds Mildred in bed, wearing the seashells, of course. Instead of talking to Mildred about the book that he stole, Montag jumps into the bed in the darkened room and stuffs it into the pillow as if it is not there.
As the night progresses, Montag thinks about how he really doesn't know Mildred at all. His life with her has become a blur, to the point that he questions everything about their relationship. Mildred continues to talk to Montag in the darkened bedroom, but Montag understands nothing but only hears the sound of her voice. Montag begins to cry silently about the burning of the woman. This is all he thinks about and completely tunes Mildred out.
By: Addison Evans, Shayna McKinnon, Harrison Rose, Kayla Stevenson
Fahrenheit 451 pages 40-50
"You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them." ~Ray Bradbury
The Setting and Tone
"Outside the house, a shadow moved, an autumn wind rose up and faded away. But there was something else in the silence that he heard. It was like a breath exhaled upon the window. It was like a faint drift of greenish luminescent smoke, the motion of a single huge October leaf blowing across the lawn and away."
Possessed/haunted because it says in the book: "...his hands have been infected...his hands were ravenous...". We see this feeling developed when Montag comes home after he stole the book.
Worried/guilty because it says: "We burnt an old women and her books.". We saw this feeling developing after he talked about how he burned the old women.
Guy Montag Continued...
Montag has changed throughout the story because he liked burning books in the beginning, but now he feels guilty about being a fireman.
In this part of the book, he learns that Clarisse is dead because Mildred said she got run over by a car.
Montag always seems angry around Mildred in this part because he is always yelling at her. "Why didn't you tell me sooner?...You must!...".
Montag most likely would not fit in our society because he is always finding a way around the rules to break them and he wants to do what he wants to do.
The setting it displays here adds on an eerie tone. The brittle and obscure feelings reflect how Montag feels in the morning when he realizes he's sick.
Foreshadowing also plays a role in the quoted section above. You get the feeling that something is wrong by the diction that's used. Just two paragraphs later, you find out that Montag is "sick".
Forgetful because she is always forgetting important things: "The first time we ever met, where was it, and when?...I don't know...". We see this developed when she forgot when she met her husband and when she forgot about a teenager dying.
Careless/emotionless because she doesn't seem to care about very emotional things: "We burnt an old woman and her books...It's a good thing the rug's washable...". We see this developed when she changes the subject after Montag tells her about burning the old women and her books.
Mildred never really changed or learned anything throughout the novel. She always seemed forgetful and careless about anything except for her "family".
When she is around Montag, she seems jumpy because: "He fell into bed and his wife cried out."
I think Mildred wouldn't fit in our society because she seems plain, boring, and isn't really unique or different than anyone else in the book.
The most significant symbol mentioned in this passage is the dandelion. On page 44 it says
"that awful flower the other day, the dandelion! It had summed up everything, hadn't it? 'What a shame! You're not in love with anyone!' And why not?"
In the next paragraph Montag explains what he's thinking in terms of his and Mildred's relationship and how they have "3 walls" separating them.
The dandelion holds so much meaning and history with it. With just a simple trick of rubbing it under your chin, it has Montag questioning his relationship with Mildred. The dandelion could also symbolize Clarisse as well as Montag's relationship with Mildred because she was the reason for Montag knowing about the trick. It represents the memories/conversations he had with her that day.
"Well, wasn't there a wall between him and Mildred, when you came down to it? Literally not just one wall but, so far, three! And expensive, too! And the uncles, the aunts, the cousins, the nieces, the nephews, that lived in those walls" (Page 44)
There is not literally three walls between him and Mildred. The "walls" and her "relatives" are the wall-TVs that they have in their home. Montag compares the distant feeling he feels with Mildred with walls blocking him from her.
"'Kerosene,' he said, because the silence had lengthened, 'is nothing but perfume to me.'" (Page 6)
"He pressed at the pain in his eyes and suddenly the odor of kerosene made him vomit." (Page 48)
Perfume is a liquid that adds a pleasant smell onto someone' s body or clothes. Usually you wouldn't vomit due to smelling something good, but you could vomit when smelling something bad. That's what makes these quotes ironic. Montag vomits because of something he once called perfume.
Along with these being ironic it shows Montag changing. At the beginning of the book he didn't mind the smell of kerosene but after his experience with the old women his opinion changes.
In this section of the book Montag experiences a lot of internal conflict. At some points it shows Montag thinking about the old woman and his concern for the whole situation. At other points it shows what Montag thinks about his marriage.
On page 50 Montag is talking about how they burned a thousand books and he appears to be quite disturbed about what he has done. His mind races as he tries to cope with what happened. The phrase
"We burnt a thousand books. We burnt a woman." (Page 50)
shows he is understanding what he did and doesn't just forget about it.
Along with the fireman situation, that's not the only thing that has him thinking. When he come home after work he thought "she was so strange he couldn't believe he knew her at all. He was in someone else's house". (Page 42) With both situations he questions everything and thinks about how reality's not as great as he thought.
Montag's internal conflict interferes with his external conflict. The stress of all the questions running through his head causes him to get irritated easier when talking to Mildred. I noticed that here is when they talk the most in part one, and it's also the part when the most conflict happens. At other times Montag just shakes it off and doesn't think too deeply about their conversations. This time Montag is thinking and questioning most if not everything about their situation. On pages 42 and 43 he asks Mildred "When did we meet? And where?" and when she wasn't able to answer the question Guy Montag raised his voice in both frustration and concern. When Guy Montag asks Mildred other questions that night, she would reply with a simple/rushed answer.
Montag's home is an empty shell that he no longer recognizes. The walls have become filled with Mildred's "family", causing a great distance to be formed between husband and wife. Although not quiet, as the sound of the televisions are always heard, there no longer appears to be much talking between Montag and Mildred. Most of this section is Montag questioning his relationship with Mildred and his life as he has known it.
Montag wonders "How do you get so empty?" Everything important seems to lose the value that it once had; his job, his marriage, and even his entire existence. Nothing appears to matter or be of importance. The drone of the voices from the televisions, much like Mildred's talking, seem never ending but yet they say nothing of importance. Mildred is empty. The voices are empty. Montag's marriage is empty. Even Montag is empty.
Montag's questioning of the emptiness is important because it make him have a thirst or hunger for knowledge and freedom. Meeting Clarise made Montag begin to question his life realize why he wants to steal the banned books.