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juliasmith | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 19, 2008 at 4:24 PM via web

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Fahrenheit 451--Beatty's sayings

 2 questions from fahreheit 451:

 

"All's well that is well in the end." How does Beatty change the original quote?



What does Beatty mean when he states, "What is there about fire that's so lovely? No matter what age we are, what draws to it?" Is this a truism?

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted May 19, 2008 at 5:55 PM (Answer #2)

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"All's Well That Ends Well" is the title of one of Shakespeare's plays. What it means is that regardless of the obstacles along the way, all is well if you have a good ending. For instance, having to endure 12 years of school is worth it because graduation is in sight. I'm not sure how to interpret Beatty's change.

Is it true that we are fascinated by fire? I think so. Why are fireplaces so popular? Why do people talk about curling up in front of a warm fire? Must be some remnant of our prehistory!

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 21, 2008 at 12:11 PM (Answer #3)

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Beatty's change in the quote possibly indicates a positive outcome for the those who have memorized the books.  A time when they can recite the books to again be printed and read by all will come.  In the end, it will be well, whereas up until Montag rebels things have not been well.  He is the spark or the catalyst to begin the ball rolling toward a time when "things are well in the end." 

I think the fascination with fire goes all the way back to our primal instincts.  Fire means life.  It is a means of cooking, warming ourselves against the cold, and protecting ourselves from wild animals; however, it can also do irreparable damage.  According to myth, fire was given to us without permission by a god.  Fire was considered by the gods too much for humans to handle in its mixed blessings of life and death.  In the case of the mythological bird, the phoenix, it is a rebirth.

These are the ramblings of a woman who just worked her last day before summer break.  Hope it makes sense.  :)

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