How does Bradbury make the Mechanical Hound memorable and important in the novel F451?Dear teachers and friends, may I know how does Bradbury make the Mechanical Hound memorable and important? I am...

How does Bradbury make the Mechanical Hound memorable and important in the novel F451?

Dear teachers and friends, may I know how does Bradbury make the Mechanical Hound memorable and important?

I am currently unsure if its characteristics and physical appearance is categorised under "memorable" or "important". My teacher has told me before that I must relate back to the question, but for this question, there seemed to be a connection between memorable and important.

I feel that it is made important because it somewhat affects the development of montag and it is memorable because of its physical appearance and characteristics. But at a closer look, it is definitely the unique appearance and authority of the mechanical hound that makes it look important to Montag's development as it will only threaten Montag if it is portrayed as a "super" creature isn't it? Thank you!

Sincerely, Jeylene C.

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The Mechanical Hound incites fear in Montag throughout the story. If there is any human emotion that remains with us far after an incident is over, it is just that: fear. We relate to Montag as readers because we enjoy thinking and analyzing. As his ability to do each of those becomes more threatened by the Hound's ability to sense the thought in him, we fear having our thoughts be the demise of our censoring societies.

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The Mechanical Hound is that "justice" (as defined by the State) that one cannot escape.  The characteristics of the hound as Bradbury describes it perfectly enshrine any common individual's fear of punishment, but with a savage, brutal method.  His description of the single fang that descends when chasing a victim, Montag's feelings that the Hound is "on to him", or waiting outside his house, or the description of the pursuit of Montag through the streets of the city are vivid and frightening for the reader.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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To me, I think that people find robotic animals more interesting than other kinds.  We love animals, and the idea of a robot dog draws a person in to the possibilities of a technologically advanced society.  It seems so fun and innocent, that we might forget the danger or deeper meaning behind it.

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