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Transcript of Fahrenheit 451
Met Montag earlier
First refuses to teach Montag about books but as he realizes that Montag will not destroy them he starts to tell him about their meaning Fireman (which are supposed to burn books because houses are fireproof)
In the beginning:
Worker loyal to the government
Lack of knowledge, believes what government tells him
After turning point:
Interest in society and politics
Realizes what the society has become Guy Montag (protagonist)
general information about the author
motives, symbols, topics
analysis important scenes
he and the library
About The Author Main Characters Plot Motives
Topics Analysis Of Important Scenes Other Media He And The Library Honours Clarisse McClellan 16-year-old girl
Very critical towards the society and what it has become
Criticizes the pace of everything and that attention the span of the people has become way too short
Dies relatively in the beginning (she is hit by a speeding car) Mildred Montag Guy Montag’s wife
Addicted to sleeping pills
Example of average person in the society
Watches dramas on her parlor walls all the time
Reports her man to the firemen after he starts collecting books Captain Beatty Boss of the firemen
Once an enthusiastic reader, now hates books Faber The Hearth and the Salamander Guy Montag meets Clarisse McClellan, who asks Montag if he's happy Montag finds Mildred in bed next to her empty sleeping pill bottle and tries to wake up his wife, but she does not respond The medical department sends over two technicians, who replace her blood with a fresh, mechanical replacement The next day Mildred denies that she would do something that suicidal Clarisse tells him that her interest in intellectual activities has made her an outcast in a society dominated by shallow entertainment and that she has to see a psychiatrist Montag accidentally reads a line in one of her books and hides it away The firemen are called in to burn down the house of an old woman The woman lights a match, drops it in the kerosene, and dies in her burning house Montag comes home and tries to take his mind off it, but Mildred tells him that Clarisse was run over by a speeding car Montag wakes up physically ill and stays at home and Captain Beatty personally visits him and tells him the story of how books lost their value and where the firemen fit in Beatty knows that Montag has a book but acts casual about it, because it's natural that every fireman gets curious about books and starts to possess one Montag shows Mildred the books and tells her that the two of them are going to read the books to see if they have value The Sieve and the Sand Montag realizes that society is falling apart due to apathy, ignorance, and a pending war Mildred argues that books have no value He thinks the books contain words that could stop the self-destruction Mildred invites friends to their house to watch a show on the parlor walls Montag remembers english professor Faber and forces him to teach him the importance of literature Faber gives Montag an earpiece-communicator to give him advice during daily activities At home Mildred and her friends watch the show while Montag unplugs the parlor walls Montag tries to engage them into a conversation but they only care about their personal pleasure and do not care about upcoming war, death or politics Then Montag brings out a book of poetry to bring back some emotions to Mildred and her friends Mildred tries to explain Montags’s behavior by saying that once a year a firemen brings home one book to read it aloud to mock past literature The friends leave scared and one even ends her friendship with Mildred Montag burns the book und Mildred locks herself in the bathroom to take her pills The next day Montag returns to work and Beatty the firemen boss exposes himself to have been an enthusiastic reader in the past A fire alarm rings and the crew drives to Montag’s house Burning Bright Beatty orders Montag to burn down his own house because his wife and his neighbors reported him Mildred drives away in a taxi and Montag starts to burn with a flame-thrower Captain Beatty then discovers the earpiece-communicator and decides to hunt down Faber but Montag burns him Montags escapes to Fabers house who tells him to contact the exile of book-lovers outside the city A war begins and the city is attacked by bombers with nuclear weapons Faber escaped earlier with the bus but Mildred likely died The war ends again At breakfast Granger, leader of the intellectuals, compares the society with the phoenix He says that like the phoenix society tends to destroy itself after a while and be rebuild, but society has one advantage: It can remember the mistakes it had done and hopefully avoid it the next time After breakfast they all walk to the city to help rebuild society "It was a Pleasure to Burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed." P. 5 L. 5 – 7 P. 41 L. 13 "I'm afraid of children my own age. They kill each other. Did it always used to be that way? My uncle says no. Six of my friends have been shot in the last year alone. Ten of them died in car wrecks. I'm afraid of them and they don't like me because I'm afraid." P. 115 L. 6+7 "Only a week ago, pumping a kerosene hose, I thought: God, what fun!" A minute later, Three White Cartoon Clowns chopped off each other's limbs to the accompaniment of immense incoming tides of laughter. Two minutes more and the room whipped out of town to the jet cars wildly circling an arena, bashing and backing up and bashing each other again. Montag saw a number of bodies fly in the air.
"Millie, did you see that?"
"I saw it, I saw it!" "Will you turn the parlour off?", he asked.
"That's my family."
"Will you turn it off for a sick man?"
"I'll turn it down."
She went out of the room and did nothing to the parlour and came back.
"Is that better?" P. 64 L. 17f. “More sports for everyone, group spirit, fun and you don't have to think, eh? Organize and organize and super-organize super-super sports. More cartoons in books. More pictures. The mind drinks less and less.” P. 74 L. 26f. “You must understand that our civilization is so vast that we can't have our minorities upset and stirred. Ask yourself, What do we want in this country, above all? People want to be happy, isn't that right? […] Well, aren't they? Don't we keep them moving, don't we give them fun? That's all we live for isn't it?”P. 78 L.8f. “Surely you remember the boy in your own school class who was exceptionally 'bright', did most of the reciting and answering while others sat like so many leaden idols, hating him. And wasn't it this bright boy you selected for beatings and tortures after hours? Of course it was. We must all be alike. […] Each man the image of every other; then all are happy […] So! A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon. Who knows who might be the target of the well-read man?” P. 77 L. 1f. “Why? The televisor is 'real'. It is immediate, it has dimension. It tells you what to think and blasts it in. It must be right. It seems so right. It rushes you on so quickly to its own conclusions your mind hasn't time to protest, 'What nonsense!'.” P. 107 L. 19f I don't want to change sides and just be told what to do. There is no reason to change if I do that.” P. 119 L. 5 + 6 Censorship of Books Popularity of competing forms of entertainment such as television and radio People don’t like to feel inferior to those who have read more than they have The firemen’s duty is to destroy knowledge and promote ignorance in order to equalize the population and promote sameness A film adaptation released in 1966 adapted into a computer text adventure game in 1986 Technology Technology dominates society (television, radio) Negative technology is used (atomic bomb) Clarisse interest in intellectual activities has made her an outcast Nature Lack of nature and the manipulation of nature The salamander is a symbol of the fireman Legend of the Phoenix and the cycle of life is related to mankind “Teachers
fulfill." “Libraries raised me.” “Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.” “I don't believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don't have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn't go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.” Early life born August 22 1920 Mother Esther (Moberg) Bradbury
Father Leonard Spaulding Bradbury Waukegan Highschool settled in Los Angeles in 1934 Poetry Club and the Drama club Life After Highschool Freelance writer for newspaper and magazines Homecoming won a place in The O. Henry Prize Stories of 1947. married Marguerite McClure in 1947 Bibliography 1950 The Martian Chronicles 1953 Fahrenheit 451 1957 Dandelion Wine 2006 Farewell Summer 1962 Something Wicked This Way Comes about 400 Short stories 47 collections 11 novels On April 16, 2007, Bradbury received a special citation from The Pulitzer Board star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame An asteroid discovered in 1992 was named "9766 Bradbury" in his honor November 17, 2004, Bradbury was the recipient of the National Medal of Arts December 6, 2012 – The Los Angeles street corner at 5th and Flower Streets has been named in his honor Rest Of Life Died June 5 2012 November 24, 2003 his wife died He never had a driver's license four daughters