Part 1: The Hearth and the Salamander
1. a) When does this story take place?
The story takes place in the future, approximately 500 years from the time this book was written, so we estimate around the year 2450. The story is also set in the autumn.
b) What clue does the author offer to support this theory on page 4?
The author uses technology that doesn‟t exist yet to support his theory. The example on page 4 would be: « the silent air-propelled train slid soundlessly down its lubricated flue in the earth and let him out with a great puff of warm air onto the cream-tiled
escalator rising to the suburb. » On page 5 we know it is autumn when the author writes: “ The autumn leaves blew over…”.
2. How does he feel about his job at the beginning of the novel? Find one sentence that supports your answer.
Montag likes his job which is present at the beginning of the novel with the first sentence: “It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed.” (pg 3)
3. Explain the symbolism of the girl’s “milk-white” face and white dress.
The girl's face and dress are milk-white. White represents purity and innocence. She is only 17 years old and very pure and innocent. It also symbolises the girl‟s frailty and femininity and a contrast to how dark and difficult their society is. (pg 5, 10)
4. Why do they have 200 foot-long billboards on the side on the highway?
Clarisse asks Montag: “Have you seen the two hundred-foot-long billboards in the country beyond town? Did you know that once billboards were only twenty feet long? But cars started rushing by so quickly they had to stretch the advertising out so it would last.” (pg 9)
5. What is Clarisse referring to when she talks about green, pink, white, and brown blurs ?
When she is talking about the different colors of blurs , she is talking about the grass, rose gardens, house, and cows. This shows us that people in their society are driving very fast and do not stop to look at the beautiful things in their society. (pg 9)
6. What is the significance of Guy’s meeting with Clarisse? What effect does it have on him?
When Guy first meets Clarisse, he is unsure of what to think about her. She causes him to start to think and and invokes the thought process within him which leads to his rebellion. He never stopped to analyze anything; he only did what he was supposed to be doing. She also causes him to question the idea of true happiness.