Tomorrow is my final exam on this book, I was wondering if anyone could help me with some qoutes and explanations. The exam counts a 1/7 of my grade so as you can see I am freaking out.
- When Montag and Beatty are having the 8 page talk, what is the main idea about it?
- The quote " Once, books appealed to a few people, here, there, everywhere. They could afford to be different. The world was roomy."
- The quote" There was a silly damn bird called a pheonix back before Christ, every few hundred years he built a pyre and burnt himself up. He must have been first cousin to Man. But every time he burnt himself up he sprang out of the ashes....it looks like were doing the same...."
- When Mildred says that Clarisse died by a car accident; did she really?
- When Mildred overdoses on sleeping pills; is it intentional or accidental?
- When the whole town is looking for Montag, and they find a man to say "it is Montag"; Why did they pick him? Was he on any charges? Did they actually kill him?
I know to you this may sound like I never read it, but I did. The text was very complex so I need some help.
Please respond soon my exam is 12-19-2008.
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1. Beatty is explaining the slow digression that has occurred in their society over time, that has led to the banning of books. He attributes this to a couple things, one being that people just got too busy, wanted too much action, wanted the main point right away, so books become summarized, then just distilled to the main idea or a quote. Basically, people wanted to know what the book was about to appear smart, without having to actually read the entire thing. Secondly, people were offended by the content in books; they made people think too much, cry too much. So, people started editing content so that no one would ever be negatively impacted by the content of a book. Eventually, they just banned books altogether so no one would be offended. The underlying reason behind all of this is that books create thinkers, and thinkers are dangerous to people who want to maintain power.
2. It just means that people liked books a lot once; the world was accepting and tolerant of the diverse opinions they created. Then, too many people had differing opinions and feelings pinched by the books, life got to busy, so they petered out.
3. This is Bradbury comparing the Phoenix to Montag's society. The society made so many mistakes that it eventually destroys itself (bird burning itself on the pyre); but then, society rebuilds itself again. Hopefully, they can learn from their mistakes instead of just reliving them. It can also be compared to Montag's life; it was all destroyed and he must rebuild it again, hopefully in a more wise and informed way.
4. We don't know what happened to Clarisse. Beatty hints around that people like Clarisse are "better off dead", Mildred has heard rumors of a car accident. But it never directly states what happened to her. Maybe people "took her away" to silence her; maybe they killed her; maybe she escaped.
5. This is unclear; Mildred denies having overdosed. When Montag confronts her about having downed the entire bottle, she says, "I didn't do that...never in a billion years." But she is nervous. She wants Montag to go, she wants to change the subject. So it is possible that she did take that many, but is in denial about it; being in denial about her misery is much easier than facing it.
6. They picked him simply because they knew he would probably be out walking and easily found. Granger says that the police watch "men who walk mornings just for the hell of it", never knowing when that info. will come in handy. It did today; they find him, and yes, they most likely kill him. It doesn't say so directly, but I would assume they do.
I hope that helps!
Thank you very much. This helps a lot. Now I will do pretty good on my exam.
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