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Fahrenheit 451

In part 1, Montag arrives at a routine fire call only to witness a traumatic incident, where an old woman chooses to commit suicide rather than live without her book collection. After pouring...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2020, 3:11 pm (UTC)

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When Montag visits Professor Faber in part 2 to learn how to interpret and understand the information he is reading, Faber gives Montag valuable insight into literature and the essential elements...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2020, 3:24 pm (UTC)

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This quote is found in the first section, titled "The Hearth and the Salamander." In my edition (60th Anniversary Edition by Simon & Schuster), it occurs on page 48. If you're using a different...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2020, 11:53 am (UTC)

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The first major event in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 is Guy Montag’s chance encounter with the teenage girl Clarisse, with whom he becomes friends. When he notices later that she is not around,...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2020, 6:48 am (UTC)

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A metaphor is a figure of speech which compares two unlike things to one another. This is not to be confused with the similar but different simile, which also compares unlike things but does so via...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2020, 11:33 am (UTC)

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Since its publication in 1953, Ray Bradbury's classic novel Fahrenheit 451 has been censored and banned in several schools in the United States. Over the years, certain schools have banned the...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2019, 9:44 am (UTC)

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When Montag plans to call in sick, Beatty comes by to visit, telling him that eventually all firemen question the history of their profession. Beatty claims that everything started around the Civil...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2020, 1:16 am (UTC)

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One of the main messages in Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 is that people often trade a meaningful literary experience for the entertainment of television and that the trade often leaves them feeling...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2020, 10:57 am (UTC)

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In making these comments, the old lady is emphasizing her martyrdom. The original quotation—“Play the man, Master Ridley”—was made by Hugh Latimer, burned at the stake along with his fellow...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2020, 11:26 am (UTC)

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The speech that Beatty delivers to Montag, written by Bradbury in 1953, has many elements that still resonate with today's world. He talks about the condensation of entertainment and media into...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021, 12:09 am (UTC)

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A simile is a figure of speech in which two unlike things are compared using the words like or as. This is not to be confused with a metaphor, which also compares two unlike things but does so...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2020, 11:48 am (UTC)

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While Montag is riding the subway to meet Faber, he attempts to read a passage out of the Bible but is continually interrupted by an annoying Denham's Dentifrice commercial blaring through the...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2021, 2:50 pm (UTC)

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Rather than quotes, you might want to think about what her suicide attempt reveals about her character. Remember, it is not just speech that reveals a character to us but also actions. Mildred's...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2012, 4:30 pm (UTC)

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In Part Two of Fahrenheit 451, Mildred invites her two friends, Mrs. Bowles and Mrs. Phelps, over to her house. It is around nine in the evening when the ladies arrive and the purpose of their...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2016, 7:49 am (UTC)

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Throughout the first chapter of this novel, Ray Bradbury employs some sort of imagery on nearly every page. However, most of this imagery is aimed at proving a contrast between Montag's world—the...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2015, 10:51 pm (UTC)

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Faber suggests that they plant books in fireman's homes, then call and report them to the authorities, but when Montag shows a strong interest in the idea, Faber says he is only joking. Fireman, he...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2021, 10:46 am (UTC)

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Please note: page numbers vary widely among editions so context is provided to aid your search. The eNotes Guide to Literary Terms includes a definition of allusion along with several examples. One...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2020, 6:31 am (UTC)

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The Mechanical Hound is a robot dog that was originally designed to help firemen by sniffing out the weak and injured. However, in the topsy-turvy dystopia of Fahrenheit 451, they have a much more...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2019, 7:00 am (UTC)

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I envision the "parlor walls" as being similar to massive flat-screen TVs that run floor to ceiling and span multiple walls in a room. Montag and Mildred have three walls in one room that are now...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2021, 11:05 am (UTC)

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This quote is from the first part of the book, in which Montag begins to reflect upon the true nature of what he does for the first time. Montag works as a fireman, who in his dystopian society is...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2021, 1:44 pm (UTC)

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After Clarisse disappears, Montag's conscience begins to weigh heavily on him. As he sits at the firehouse playing cards, he is surrounded by a feeling of emotional and physical coldness. This...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2021, 12:16 pm (UTC)

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The quotation is from Revelations and is a prophecy about the New Jerusalem. It's clearly meant to be a gloss on the state of Montag's society, which has been destroyed by war. Like Granger's...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2020, 1:48 pm (UTC)

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The conversation between Mildred and her friends, Mrs. Phelps and Mrs. Bowles, depicts their superficial, callous personalities and highlights the debased values of their destructive dystopian...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2021, 4:33 pm (UTC)

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As the novel reaches its conclusion, Montag flees into the wilderness and joins the Drifters, who are dedicated to the task of memorizing books. They watch on a portable TV as the authorities stage...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2021, 8:00 pm (UTC)

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Beatty's explicit reason for destroying books is to maintain social order. Early in the story, shortly after stealing a book from a woman's house that the firemen burn, Montag becomes sick with...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2014, 10:51 pm (UTC)

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Clarisse explains her typical school day to Montag, which doesn't involve any academics at all. First, she has an hour of a class about TV. She then has an hour-long sports class, after which she...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2016, 7:50 pm (UTC)

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Mildred's family is the characters in the television shows she watches on her parlour walls. They give her joy and distract her from what is happening in the world. Montag is annoyed by his wife's...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2017, 4:16 am (UTC)

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Montag has picked up Gulliver's Travels, written by Jonathan Swift, which remains one of literature's most-revered political satires. In this novel, Swift criticizes mankind's pride and its...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2020, 11:18 am (UTC)

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In Montag's dystopian society, the totalitarian government censors literature and promotes mindless entertainment in order to create a passive, ignorant population that is easy to control. Instead...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2020, 3:06 pm (UTC)

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In Part One of the novel, Montag meets his charismatic, sensitive teenage neighbor, Clarisse McClellan. Clarisse is depicted as a unique, inquisitive child, who has an affinity for nature and...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2018, 2:54 pm (UTC)

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In part two the sieve and the sand, Montag remembered an event he had with Faber, an old man he met at the city park. The old man hid something and tried to run but Montag stopped him and they sat...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2015, 12:10 pm (UTC)

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In part 3, Montag responds to a firecall and is surprised when Captain Beatty arrives at his home. Captain Beatty then makes Montag destroy his house using a flamethrower and instructs him to burn...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2021, 1:30 pm (UTC)

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In part 3, Montag ends up killing Captain Beatty and the mechanical hound using a flamethrower. However, the mechanical hound is able to stab Montag with its long, poisonous needle, which...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2017, 9:21 am (UTC)

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As the novel opens, Montag is described as a "minstrel man," suggesting he is playing a part that is not really him, and is twice described as "whistling." But after his encounter with Clarisse, he...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2020, 5:08 am (UTC)

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The reader has little opportunity to determine Mildred's feelings about the relationship, since the book focuses on Montag's viewpoint. From the little we see of her, she seems to regard her...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2020, 4:46 am (UTC)

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Guy Montag is innately sensitive and imaginative, intelligent but blundering, and quite discontent with his life. As the narrative opens, Montag walks home from work, thinking that "it was a...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2017, 10:49 pm (UTC)

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The Mechanical Hound is an impressive piece of technology used by the fireman institution to track down political dissidents and incapacitate them. In Part One, Montag arrives at work and walks...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019, 2:08 pm (UTC)

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Just before Montag realizes that his wife, Mildred, has attempted suicide, he finds her lying "uncovered and cold" on their bed. And in her ear is the technology that she uses to help her sleep:...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2020, 12:33 pm (UTC)

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Mildred refers to the characters on the parlor-wall television programs as her "family" and is completely consumed by the mindless entertainment on the massive screens. Mildred's obsession with her...

Latest answer posted March 16, 2021, 2:13 pm (UTC)

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Both Clarisse McClellan and Mildred Montag are caught up in a society beyond their control, a society that oppresses them and tries to regulate everything they do and say and think. Yet these two...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2021, 3:16 pm (UTC)

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Montag turns to Faber in frustration, asking him to teach him how to understand what he reads. Montag is desperate to change his world, realizing that "something's missing." Faber surprises him by...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2021, 11:02 am (UTC)

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Clarisse's final question to Montag at their first meeting startles him. He is not used to encountering people who think as deeply as she does and who seem intently interested in what he has to...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2021, 10:47 am (UTC)

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Mildred tells Montag that she thinks that a man called McClellan hit Clarisse in his a car and killed her. However, when Montag presses her, she says she is not entirely sure if Clarisse actually...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2019, 11:31 am (UTC)

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Towards the beginning of part 3, Montag is surprised to arrive at his home during a routine firecall and learns that Mildred called in an alarm on him. Beatty then instructs Montag to use a...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2021, 3:12 pm (UTC)

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Man vs. Man: Montag struggles against his nemesis, Captain Beatty, who is the fire chief throughout the novel. Captain Beatty represents the authoritarian government, which censors literature by...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2017, 9:44 am (UTC)

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In the first paragraph of Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury describes the books as "flapping pigeon-winged books." Bradbury creates this metaphor for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it reinforces the idea...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2017, 6:03 pm (UTC)

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The main conflict in this novel—the main external conflict, at any rate—is between Montag and the dictatorial regime of the bibliophobic dystopia in which he lives. This external conflict is...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2018, 9:25 am (UTC)

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Clarisse pushes against Montag's assumptions about the world. When Montag first encounters Clarisse, she comes off as strange to him. She openly questions the dominant social order with her deep...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2020, 3:42 pm (UTC)

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When Clarisse and Montag meet early in the novel, they have a long conversation about sociality and what young people talk about. Clarisse contends that ideas about sociality are upside down in her...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2020, 1:34 am (UTC)

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In Part Three of Fahrenheit 451, Montag meets a group of men in the woods. These men consist of former college professors who are ostracised from society because of their opposition to censorship....

Latest answer posted May 23, 2016, 8:24 am (UTC)

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