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Transcript of Faber's Speech
What Role Does This Event Play In The Novel?
Faber's speech and Montag's conversation with the women is an eye-opener, and shows both Montag and the reader the true underlying problems in the society. -involves reader in story
Faber's speech also presents the 'other' side of the story, giving readers a list of reasons to love books, instead of despise them.
Montag's conversation with the women reveals that it is not just Mildred who has these seemingly extreme views on life, but the entire society.
Both the speech and the conversation are very important turning points in the novel.
Faber's speech shows Montag that there are people who have the same views as him, and also shows him why books are an important asset in society.
The conversation with the Women shows Montag just how pitiful the decline in the society is, and it pushes him to his breaking point, which causes the radical change that is seen.
What Is The Statement That Ray Bradbury Is Making?
Bradbury's statement in the speech given by Faber and the conversation Montag has with the women is an eye-opener to the people of today, to show us that our society is not very different from the society in Fahrenheit 451. Bradbury was also showing that no matter what society does, there will always be people who are independent and disagree, because it is simply human nature.
-little clues: reference to instant gratification ruining attention to detail, lack of tolerance toward anything that isn't pleasurable
Is This Topic Presented Accurately?
Faber's speech is presented very accurately, because it stresses how our society is so focused on mindless, sensory things like television, that when something thought provoking is given to us, we dismiss it. He also points out that it is not books that are important, but the things found in them that make them so desirable. In the conversation with the women, he shows how people in today's society care more about themselves than they do anyone else, and that the sense of morals that people have is declining rapidly as is their humanity and empathy for the human race.
ie. women casually touching on topics of war and death
What Is The Effect That This Event Has In The Story?
This event effects the story by causing Montag to reach his changing point in the novel. He becomes enraged at the women and their sense of self worth, which causes him to go to drastic measures. He finally realizes what Faber has been trying to tell him and sees that everyone only cares about themselves, and it sickens him. Faber's speech and the women's conversation about the 'family' is ultimately what causes Montag to give up on society and act on it.
Delving Deeper into Montag's Conversation with the Women
The world has become such a self centered place, and people only care about themselves.
Nothing matters in the world unless it is affecting you personally, otherwise, it's not your problem.
Children and family are both something that are easily disposed of. -simply another object to have
People are afraid to face their emotions, so they bury them down so deep that they forget they even have any. -numbed, assisted by monotonous lifestyle and no need to think
Society is more concerned with their television show than they are with the threat of war, showing that they have no sense of priorities.
Possess human nature of not wanting to be told they're wrong. -ironic because the only thoughts they think are the ones that they've subconsciously been influenced into thinking
Highlights stubbornness in humans - Montag's only option is to try to scare them out of their closed thoughts
"Scare hell out of them, that's what, scare the living daylights out!" -Montag
Also highlights the fight or flight instinct - Montag first discussing poetry Mrs. Bowles first reaction is to say she's going home (running away=flight instinct) then after the reading she tries to attack Montag with her words/arguing (=fight instinct) shows that no matter how technological advanced we become when experiencing a threatening/scary situation, we fall back on human instinct
Prediction of just how much losing focus on the value of knowledge in opposition to "happiness" leads us to become poorly educated even while going to "school"
Fahrenheit 451 and Anthem's Societies
Cause you to figure out why the society is the way it is. In Fahrenheit 451, Faber teaches Montag, and in Anthem, Equality teaches the reader.
Both are expected to conform to their society's ways with out questioning things.
Hypnotize people to conform to the society
People are so brainwashed that they don't see a problem in the society
Fed ideas through advertisement that do not need any further thinking
Messages are subtly revealed to reader by Bradbury in a more "personal" way, everything discretely explained.
fear is used as a force to get people to conform to society
People think about the society and do not like it, but do not speak up
Are taught that if they have any thoughts, then they are a bad person and will be punished
Ayn Rand blatantly conveys a theme through obvious thoughts and attitudes of characters -targeting rights as an individual
Delving Deeper into Faber's Speech
Similarities Between Fahrenheit and Today's Society.
People do not appreciate the written word, they would rather watch a television show that thinks for them. ie. watching the movie instead of reading the book
People depend on the media to do all of their thinking, and just accept what ever trend is going on. -media influence
Drugs and suicide have become such a regular occurrence that people hardly react to it. -monotony and bleak hopelessness
Violence and murder are glamourized, downplayed, and treated almost like a competition.
Abortions and C-Sections are a trend, simply to save the woman's body, with out any thought of the child. -selfishness, put yourself before all others, "looking out for #1"
Families are always falling apart with things like divorce, or simply not caring about each other. -relationships and marriage become more trivial without meaning because they're done without much thought.
Faber blames the society for taking away books, because they were very precious to him.
The three things necessary for a better life from books are quality, leisure, and the right to act on what you learn from your quality and leisure.
You can read a book and delve deeper into the story, learning new things every time you read it.
Books help people deal with their problems because when someone is too scared to face their issues in real life, they can find a hero or heroine in the novel who is not scared.
One problem is that people only want the things that are happy and do not require thought, when realistically, you cannot live a perfect life. -shows how our selfishness and never being satisfied with enough leads to destruction
As soon as society is faced with anything to challenge it, it crumbles easily, just as Antaeus is defeated as soon as Hercules separates him from the earth.
Book ARE NOT real, and you can interpret them how ever you want, and take breaks from them and change your mind about them, whereas the 'family' is a sad reality for most people.
Montag says "That's the good part of dying, when you've got nothing to lose, you run any risk you want." which shows that Montag wants to accomplish something in his life that he feels is right, and now that he realizes that burning books is not the way to do it, he wants to try and save them instead.
There is nothing left good in the world, and it needs to be COMPLETELY remade for society to have a chance at changing.
The only way anyone will change is if Montag can impress them more than the family, which is practically impossible.
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