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What are some metaphors in the book Fahrenheit 451?

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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In Fahrenheit 451, what is one of the three things Faber says is missing from society?

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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In Fahrenheit 451, why does the old woman choose to burn herself with her books, and what effect does her decision...

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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What are 8 important events that occur in Fahrenheit 451?

As others have noted, a clear set of plot points drives the action in this novel. As the story opens, Montag believes himself contented with his life. He enjoys watching things burn, which makes...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2020 2:49 pm UTC

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What is the page number for the following quote from Fahrenheit 451? "There must be something in books, things we...

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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In Fahrenheit 451, Mildred has her two friends come and visit her, which two friends was it?  

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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Similes In Fahrenheit 451

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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What is Bradbury’s main message in Fahrenheit 451?

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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According to Clarisse in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, what is school like and how do teens amuse themselves?

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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What was Montag and Faber's plan in Fahrenheit 451? Do they plan to kill Beatty, or do they plan to hide books in...

When Montag visits Faber, he begins discussing how they could possibly defeat the authoritarian regime and suggests that they get a printing press to make copies of books. Faber rejects Montag's...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2016 2:41 pm UTC

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Describe the "wall" and the "family" in Fahrenheit 451.

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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What is the significance of the following quote from Fahrenheit 451?: “And on either side of the river was there a...

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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"Play the man, Master Ridley." In the first section of Fahrenheit 451 the old lady says this. Why did the old lady...

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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Why did Captain Beatty believe books should be destroyed?

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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Describe the conversation between Millie and her friends in Fahrenheit 451.

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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Fahrenheit 451 Mildred Quotes

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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Who is Mildred's family in Fahrenheit 451?

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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In Fahrenheit 451, what are some adjectives that describe Montag, Beatty, Faber, Mildred, Clarisse, and the model...

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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In Fahrenheit 451, what is the Mechanical Hound and what is its purpose?

In the novel Fahrenheit 451, the Mechanical Hound is a robotic dog with eight legs used to track down and kill fugitives in Bradbury's dystopian society. The Mechanical Hound lives in a kennel...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2016 10:05 am UTC

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In "Fahrenheit 451" what are 3 things that Beatty talks about in his speech to Montag that are true about our world...

1. Beatty mentions that political correctness takes over: "The bigger the population, the more minorities...the people in this book, this play, this TV serial are not meant to represent any actual...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2009 4:52 am UTC

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In "Fahrenheit 451," what final question does Clarisse ask Montag on the night of their first encounter? Why is the...

The last question Clarisse asks Montag the first time they meet in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 is "Are you happy?". This question is extremely important to the plot because the idea that Montag...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2011 12:16 pm UTC

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Guy Montag Character Traits

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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What is the response of Mildred's friends when Montag reads "Dover Beach" and why does he kick them out in Fahrenheit...

When Guy Montag reads the poem to the ladies, the two of them have kind of different responses. One of them, Clara Phelps, bursts into tears. She has no idea why she's crying, but she can't stop....

Latest answer posted August 16, 2010 5:36 am UTC

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Denham's Dentifrice

In Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, Montag takes the subway to Faber's house. He goes to find out if books have something in them that will fill the void in his life. While on the subway, though, Montag...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2016 12:25 am UTC

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In Fahrenheit 451, how did books become forbidden in the first place?

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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In "Fahrenheit 451" what quote and page number does it talk about Clarisse being different and being removed?

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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It Is Computed That Eleven Thousand Persons

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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What are some examples of allusions in the book Fahrenheit 451? Can you give me page numbers? Allusions are very...

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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Imagery In Fahrenheit 451

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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Where and when does Montag steal his first book in Fahrenheit 451?  

In Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury does not reveal where and when Montag stole his first book. Early in the book, he hints at Montag's stolen book collection at several points, like when the Mechanical...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2016 11:29 am UTC

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Conflicts In Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 is filled with conflict. Man vs. man: It seems that Captain Beatty is out to get Montag. He knows he has been taking books, and he seems to be setting him up for the day that he...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2011 8:16 am UTC

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What are schools like in the world of Fahrenheit 451?

Clarisse tells Montag that schools are institutions that promote athletic activities and keep students engaged by making them watch television teachers. Learning and the pursuit of knowledge are...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2018 10:02 pm UTC

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When did Montag meet Faber in Fahrenheit 451? Please provide page numbers.

Montag met Faber in a park a year before the story started. The first time Montag mentions Faber, it is very brief. He does not say who Faber is or what happened during the encounter that made it...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2016 9:52 pm UTC

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Who tries to run Montag over in Fahrenheit 451? What does this reveal about this society?

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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What Are Parlor Walls

Usually, the parlor walls contain wall-sized television screens. They get a screen that is as large as the wall in a room, and if they can get all four walls of a room covered in television...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2009 3:06 pm UTC

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What does the poem "Dover Beach" symbolize in both the novel Fahrenheit 451, and in our present society?

Montag reads the poem "Dover Beach" to his wife and her friends in the parlor of his house. The poem, "Dover Beach" by Matthew Arnold, symbolizes the cultural change taking place throughout the...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2016 4:57 pm UTC

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Personification In Fahrenheit 451

Personification attributes human characteristics to non-human objects or animals. Throughout the novel, Montag associates malevolent human characteristics with the Mechanical Hound. The Hound, as...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2017 10:34 am UTC

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In Fahrenheit 451, Part 2, "The Sieve and the Sand," what is the importance of the dentifrice commercial?

Assuming that "importance" refers to literary importance—or the importance of the scene to literary elements and development—rather than referring to social criticism importance, then the literary...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2016 5:51 am UTC

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In Fahrenheit 451, does Clarisse die? What happened to her?  

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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Similes In Fahrenheit 451

In the second part of Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, many similes that can be found. Bradbury is a master at writing different types of figures of speech and "The Sieve and the Sand" has proof of that....

Latest answer posted October 10, 2016 7:43 pm UTC

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How does Montag change throughout the narrative of the novel Fahrenheit?

In Fahrenheit 451 Guy Montag changes from an unthinking individual, an automaton of his depersonalized society who ignores his soul, into a man who realizes his spiritual needs as a human being. It...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2016 3:36 pm UTC

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In the scene where Mildred and Montag read books together, what are their separate reactions in Faherenheit 451?

At the end of Part One, Montag pulls down about twenty books from the ventilator of his home. Mildred is initially terrified to learn that her husband has been hiding contraband books in their...

Latest answer posted December 16, 2016 2:30 am UTC

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What are some of the laws or norms in Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 that the society must follow? 

In Bradbury's classic novel Fahrenheit 451, Montag lives in a dystopian society, where the government controls the population by censoring literature and arresting citizens who deviate from the...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2020 9:26 pm UTC

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In Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, what metaphor does the author use to create vivid images of the fire hose?

In the opening scene of Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, Montag readies his fire hose to burn down a house. The following excerpt describes the hose and how Montag uses it as follows: "With the brass...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2016 8:55 pm UTC

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In Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, how does Montag escape from the hound? Where does he hide?

As Montag watches the television in Faber's home, the announcer says the following about the Mechanical Hound: "--Mechanical Hound never fails. Never since its first use in tracking quarry has...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2016 2:22 am UTC

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In "Fahrenheit 451", how has Montag changed over this novel and how did his beliefs and actions change by...

Montag goes from being a good citizen of their society wholoved his job. He states that "it was a pleasure to burn"; he wanted to "shove a marshmallow on a stick" in front of...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2008 4:24 am UTC

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What is the significance of the quote the woman recites when the men arrive to burn her house in Fahrenheit 451?

When the firemen arrive at her house, the woman recites the following quote: Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God's grace, in England, as I trust shall never...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2017 6:47 am UTC

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Why does Mrs. Phelps cry when Montag reads "Dover Beach" in Part 2 in Fahrenheit 451?

Mrs. Phelps cries when Montag reads the poem because she hears emotion in his words. One of the points made by society in removing all literature is that literature is harmful. When Montag reads...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2014 12:41 am UTC

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In Fahrenheit 451, what quotes are there that show Montag killing Beatty?

Montag kills Beatty at the beginning of part three of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. All through the book Beatty, Montag's fire chief, has been taunting Montag and propagandizing the book-burning...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2018 2:15 am UTC

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In Fahrenheit 451, what are examples of Montag's conflicts?

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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