Fahrenheit 451
(the temperature at which paper burns)
• Is technology taking over? How? Why?
• Has this had a positive influence over you? Your classes?
Your life?
Technology: What Type of
Genre Is This?
The Hearth
Salamander
• The hearth is a place
which contains the fire
that heats a home.
• The salamander is a
creature of ancient beliefs
that it lives in fire and is
unaffected by flames.
• The salamander is the fire
truck
Both of these symbols have to do
with fire, the dominant image of
Montag’s life
Find an example of a symbol or
figurative language from your
annotations, and write it down in
your journal and respond in a
dialectical journal.
• What are the snake and the mechanical hound?
• Allusions: Ben Franklin and Tower of Babel
Allusions
• Choose one of the following quotes to write a dialectical journal. You
should reread the quote and the page first.
• 54: “Once books appealed to a few people, here, there, everywhere.
They could afford to be different. The world was roomy. But then the
world go full of eyes….quadruple population. Films and radios,
magazines, books leveled down to a sort of pastepuding norm….”
• 55 “Schools is shortened, discipline relaxed, philosophies, histories,
languages dropped, English and spelling gradually neglected, finally
almost completely ignored.”
• 57 (read starting at “ah…--not everyone born free and equal, as the
constitution says, but everyone made equal….”
• 58: “People want to be happy…haven’t you heard that all your life?
That’s all we live for…for pleasure for titillation….”
Dialectical Journal: Part I,
Beatty’s speech
• Annotate in Part II for internal conflict,
symbolism, figurative language, paradox
or irony, and unfamiliar vocabulary or
allusions.
• Paradox example: Montag and Mildred’s
bedroom.
“The Sieve and the Sand”
• Why would society make "being a pedestrian" a crime? (Clarisse tells
Montag that her uncle was once arrested for this.)
• One of the most significant of the many literary allusions in
Fahrenheit 451 occurs when Montag reads Matthew Arnold's poem
"Dover Beach." What is the response of Mildred's friends, and why
does Montag kick them out of his house?
• One suicide and one near-suicide occur in this book. One woman,
who shuns books but loves TV and driving fast in her car,
anesthetizes herself,; "We get these cases nine or ten a night," says
the medical technician. Another woman, who cherishes her books,
sets herself on fire with them; "These fanatics always try suicide,"
says the fire captain. Why would two people who seem to be so
different from each other try to take their own lives? Why does
suicide happen so frequently in Montag's society?"
Part II Discussions
• Beatty tells Montag that firemen are "custodians of peace of
mind" and that they stand against "those who want to make
everyone unhappy with conflicting theory and thought." How
well are the firemen accomplishing these objectives? Are
conflicting ideas the only source of unhappiness in their
society? What other sources might there be? Can conflicting
ideas exist even without books that have been destroyed and
outlawed?
• Captain Beatty quotes history, scripture, poetry, philosophy. He
is obviously a well-read man. Why hasn't he been punished?
And why does he view the books he's read with such
contempt? How can Beatty's knowledge of and hatred for
books be reconciled?
• Why do you think the firemen's rulebook credited
Benjamin Franklin-- writer, publisher, political leader,
inventor, ambassador--as being the first fireman?
• Why does Beatty program the Hound to track Montag
even before Montag stole the book? Do you believe
Beatty had seen him steal books before? Or is it that
Beatty had detected a change in Montag's attitude or
behavior? Cite incidents in the book that support your
answer.
• Is this book about censorship?
Part II Discussions End
• Take a few LIESURELY moments to do whatever you’d
like.
• Then, write about a fond memory (or memories) you
have with books or nature or both.
Faber’s THREE: quality of information,
leisure, and the right to carry out
actions based on the first two
TEST REVIEW:
Make sure you actually read the book. There are specific plot and
character questions. Please review your packet questions.
• Discuss the titles of the parts: “The Hearth and the
Salamander,” “The Sieve and the Sand,” and “Burning
Bright”
• Discuss the group of intellects
• Discuss how the mind and the brain WIN in the end
• Discuss the ending/ the future/the resolution/the falling actions
• Discuss Bradbury’s purpose (watch interview)
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Setting: future, already two atomic bands have occurred, starts in the fall,
Protagonist: Montag, but why?
Antagonist: society and Beatty
Flat vs. Round
Static vs. dynamic
Climax: When Motag kills Beaty (when they show up at Montag’s
house)
Resolution?
Style/syntax: sentence structures?
Word choices/diction
Common themes—think of his short story, too.
Satire
Genre: science fiction, dystopian
Test review
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“So it was the hand that started it all…His hands had been infected, and soon it would be his
arms…His hands were ravenous.”
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“We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but
everyone made equal…A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the
shot from the weapon. Break man’s mind.”
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“Do you know why books such as this are so important? Because they have quality. And
what does quality mean? To me it means texture. This book has pores.”
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“It’s perpetual motion; the thing man wanted to invent but never did….It’s a mystery….It’s
real beauty is that it destroys responsibility and consequences…clean, quick, sure; nothing to
rot later.”
“The sun burnt every day. It burnt Time…Time was busy burning the years and the people
anyway, with out help from him. So if he burnt things with the firemen and the sun burnt
Time, that meant that everything burnt!”
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Quotes for test: Who Said
them? In what context?
• POV/narrator · Third-person, limited omniscient; follows
Montag’s point of view, often speaking his inner monologues
• Tone · Foreboding and intimidating, confusing/disoriented,
poetic, appreciative, satirical
• Themes · Censorship, knowledge versus ignorance, intellect
as power, government intervention w/ society, intellectual
freedom
• Topics/Ideas/Motifs · Paradoxes, animals and nature,
religion, television and radio
• Symbols · Fire, blood, the Electric-Eyed Snake, the hearth,
the salamander, the phoenix, the sieve and the sand, Denham’s
Dentifrice, the dandelion, mirrors, the beetle
Test Review
• Write a sentence using the colon rule when the second
independent clause explains the first. Your content
should have to do with theme or genre of our novel.
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