Fahrenheit 451 Questions and Answers
by Ray Bradbury

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Discuss how you feel about the stands the author or characters take in Fahrenheit 451. Use the themes of conformity vs. individualism and freedom of speech.

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Ray Bradbury, the author of the book, lets his characters make his point for him. The characters take very courageous stands in their fight for books and freedom of thought. The first character who shows the importance of taking a stand is the old woman who lights a match and commits suicide because he feels life is not worth living without her books. in addition, Clarisse continues to be brave, even after being hit by a car in an effort to silence her people. She helps initiate Montag into her group in spite of the risks to herself. Montag, himself, finally gains the courage to stand up to society and makes a run for the river, in spite of being chased by the mechanical hound. And finally, the hobos Montag meets have allowed themselves to live as outcasts, dressed as hobos, so each can be a receptacle for a piece of literature. They did this all as part of a noble mission to preserve knowledge and prevent people future ages from making the mistakes of Montag's generation.

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