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Clarisse's most important function in the novel is to get Montag to begin to question his role as a fireman and the futuristic society's rules and norms in general. She is a direct contrast to Montag's wife Mildred. What is Clarisse's function in Fahrenheit , and how does she. What comes to the door as Montag and Mildred are reading? how smart the technology is at tracking, and it also shows how Montag lost the fireman's trust. I don't think Montag's relationship with Mildred is good. . I think that she did love him but lost feelings and trust in there for him and that is why.
The TV fills up three full walls. Mildred complains that they don't have a fourth wall yet. Montag makes sure the TV program has a happy ending before leaving for work. Mildred drowns her unhappiness in a constant media blitz. She keeps radio earphones in her ears and spends her day captivated and superficially content, surrounded by an interactive, three-wall TV.
In doing so, she conforms utterly to the society around her. Active Themes On his way to work, Montag meets Clarisse again. She is walking in the rain, tasting the raindrops and holding dandelions. She applies a childish dandelion test rubbing the flower on his chin to see if Montag is in love—her test shows that he isn't in love with anyone. Montag is upset and insists that he is in love.
Clarisse earlier forced Montag to think about a big question he'd avoided—whether he was happy—now she forces him to think about whether he's actually in love.
Tasting raindrops is a perfect metaphor for interacting with the natural world. Active Themes Clarisse tells Montag that she thinks it's strange that he's a fireman, since other firemen won't talk to her or listen to her. Clarisse's comment makes Montag feel as if he's split in half.
But rather than say anything, he sends her on her way to see her psychiatrist. The authorities make her see the psychiatrist because of her tendency toward independent thought.
Clarisse now also forces Montag to face his own individuality by making him see that he's not a typical fireman. But Montag isn't yet ready to say or do anything about it. Notice how the authorities try to control and silence independent people like Clarisse. Active Themes Related Quotes with Explanations After Clarisse leaves, Montag opens his mouth to taste the raindrops while he walks to work.
Montag has been affected by Clarisse. Active Themes At the fire station, Montag looks in on the "sleeping" Mechanical Hound, a robotic creature that can be programmed to track the scent of an animal or personwhich it then kills with an injection of morphine or procaine.
To entertain themselves, the firemen sometimes program the hound and let rats loose in the firehouse and watch the hunt. Montag doesn't usually participate. Now, when Montag touches the Hound's muzzle, it makes a growling noise, shows its needle, and moves towards him.
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Shaken, Montag escapes to the second floor. The Mechanical Hound is one of the more chilling parts of the world of Fahrenheit It's one of the firemen's terrible weapons, but it's supposed to be without personality or motive—a machine that attacks only what it is programmed to attack.
Yet the Mechanical Hound threatens Montag. Maybe he has something to hide? Bradbury is foreshadowing later events here. Montag complains to Captain Beatty whose helmet has a phoenix on it about the Hound's threatening gestures toward him. The Captain says the Hound doesn't like or dislike, it just does what it's programmed to do.
Montag wonders if someone has programmed the Hound with his partial chemical fingerprint. The Captain dismisses this but says they'll have the Hound checked out. Montag thinks about something he has hidden behind the ventilator grille at home. Out loud, he says he wouldn't want to be the Hound's next victim. Captain Beatty asks him if he has a guilty conscience, looks at him steadily, and then laughs softly.
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Captain Beatty is Montag's boss. Outwardly he reassures Montag, yet there's a quiet but distinct undertone of threat to what he says. When Beatty stares at Montag, it's almost as if Beatty can sense what Montag is thinking about. Beatty's phoenix insignia symbolizes rebirth through fire—but the renewed world promised by the firemen is one without books. This image of a phoenix will be contrasted with another image of a phoenix at the end of the novel. Active Themes For the next week, Montag sees Clarisse every day.
They have conversations about their friendship, about children, about the smell of old leaves. Montag feels comfortable and peaceful. Clarisse tells him she's left school because they think she's antisocial. She describes the school day to Montag—TV class, lots of sports, making pictures, transcribing history, and memorizing answers. She also describes what passes for sociability among her peers—going to a Fun Park, breaking windows, daredevil games in cars, shouting, dancing, and fighting.
Six of her friends have been shot in the last year. Clarisse prefers to talk, or simply to observe people and figure out who they are. She eavesdrops on conversations. She tells Montag that people talk without saying anything. Bradbury uses the character of Clarisse to describe how mass media culture has affected the youth in Fahrenheit Clarisse's peers have no respect for their elders and don't seem to value their own lives.
They seek pleasure and instant gratification, they speed around in their cars and crash, they shoot each other, and they break things.
Their education consists of learning answers without asking questions. In contrast, instead of searching out cheap thrills, Clarisse does what she can to try to understand and engage with other people. Active Themes Related Quotes with Explanations Over the same seven-day period, Montag works at the firehouse, sometimes entering through the back door.
What does he plan to do with it? What provokes Montag to kill Beatty? How does he kill him? What action does the Hound take? What happens to the Hound? How did Beatty advise people to handle problems? How does Montag choose to handle his problem?
What was your reaction to this? Did Beatty want to die? Explain the rationale for your answer. Why does Faber feel alive for the first time in years? Who were the hobos before they became homeless? Who do they send after Montag?
What program do Faber and Montag watch? Why does Faber decide to go to St. How does Montag try to distract the Hound? How does Montag monitor the progress of the Hound? What methods do the authorities use to try to apprehend Montag?
Fahrenheit by Ray Bradbury
How does Montag escape? What does the sun burn? How does Montag respond to the country? What does Montag decide to follow? What quality does fire have?
What do the voices speak of? How does Granger help Montag to finally shake off the Hound? How does the chase finally end? Why does it end this way, according to Granger? What crime did Granger commit? Why is he on the run? What do the men do with the books they have? How do the men plan to pass the books on to their children? What do you think the significance of the last paragraph before the break is? Why do the men trust Montag? Why is it ironic? Why are hands so important to Granger when he talks about his grandfather?
How does the war end?
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- The relationship of Montag and Mildred
Where did Montag and Mildred meet? How does the tale of the phoenix relate to the novel? Do you think Montag will end up being a leader? Is the conclusion of the novel hopeful or pessimistic? How did the Queen Bee analogy underscore Faber's cowardice? Faber claimed that his character was similar to that of a queen bee. Similarly, he would sit in his house and send out worker bees Montag in this case to carry out his orders.
Montag would be in charge of doing the dangerous work by venturing into the society while Faber would us a headset-like device to monitor Montag's progress. Also, even if Montag was killed, Faber's location would not be disclosed.
Therefore, Faber can be compared to a coward since he is unwilling to venture out and perform the potentially fatal work himself. Professor Faber gave Montag an earpiece that resembled a small green bullet, so he could talk to Montag and listen in on whatever Montag hears.
This way, Faber can sit safely at his home while Montag interacts with the outside world. Montag also gives Faber the last copy of the Bible to keep it safe. It denotes a token of trust between Montag and Faber.
What is the volcano's mouth? The volcano's mouth represents the living room with the "Parlor walls. People in the society, including Mildred, Mrs. Bowles, would reside in the parlor for hours at a time, mindlessly staring at the bright, colorful walls. No one would talk to each other about social topics. They would only respond to the pictures on the wall witlessly.
Also, the bright red and orange explosions of color on the walls also serve to depict that the parlor is similar to a volcano's mouth. Montag pulled the plug on the living room fish bowl.
In reality, MOntag pulled the plug on the electronic "parlor walls", not a fish bowl. The walls met to resemble a giant fishbowl in the living room, but there was never really a fish bowl in the room.
Yes, this is true. He wanted Montag to be more careful about reading because he was worried Montag would blow their cover. Which lady was affected by the original intent of the poetry? Phelps was affected the most by the poem because she started crying after Montag was finished reading. However, at first Mrs.
Bowles was very afraid to be read poetry while Mrs. Phelps encouraged Montag to read some. True or False In the late hours of the night, Faber refused to console Montag for foolishly reading poetry to the poor, silly women. No, this is false. Faber did indeed provide some comfort for Montag. He stated that he was always there to support Montag and that Montag should never give up with his dream to restore books to their rightful place in the world.
Listening to Beatty play his harp and needle had what effect on Montag? When captain Beatty played the "hard and needle" to Montag, he was playing around with Montag. Captain Beatty knew the truth about Montag reading and hiding books, but did not really accuse him of it. He was playing around with Montag by asking questions and stating book-related sentences that made Montag feel uncomfortable. In a way, Beatty was indirectly giving Montag the message that he knew he was hiding something.
Montag did not know if he could lie out of the situations, or whether it would be no use since Beatty would already know he was lying.
What interrupted the poker game? There was a phonecall to the firehouse. Mildred had found some of the books that Montag had stowed away in the backyard. She took them in and called the firehouse, turning in an alarm telling them there were books in the house. Mildred's alarm call to the firehouse paused the poker game. Captain Beatty drove the Salamander to whose house? The alarm that said there were books in a house came from Montag's house.
The Salamander drove to Montag's house to burn the house. Part 3- Burning Bright Pages How has Beatty given Montag hints that he is under suspicion? Beatty sent the mechanical hound to his house and also came in person to his house, announcing that Mildred said that there were books in Montag's house. Who must have brought the books back from the garden? Mildred must have done so in order for Beatty to see them and burn them.
Who turned in an alarm against Montag? Bowles, and Mildred turned in an alarm respectively. What happened to Montag's green bullet? Beatty was holding it when Montag shot him with a flamethrower, which burnt Beatty with the green bullet that he was holding. Why did Montag burn Beatty's body? Montag burned Beatty's body because Beatty was insulting him and driving him to the breaking point. The final act of Beatty that made Montag burn him was when Beatty said that he'd trace the green bullet to Faber.
Out of fear for the safety of faber, Montag burned Beatty and killed the other two firemen as well. What is Montag's plan to escape? In order to escape, Montag must not only get out of the sight of anyone in the city, but also hide his chemical code from the mechanical hound. His plan is to drench himself in whiskey and wear Faber's old clothing so that it would be difficult for the mechanical hound to pick up Montag's scent.
Then, he ran to the river because he knew it would take too long for the hound to search the whole river. He eventually rode the river till he reached another side of the town. This side of the town consisted of others who are like Montag, who also have read books. How much money did Montag give to Faber? Montag handed Faber a hundred dollars. How many scent can the mechanical hound remember?
The mechanical hound can remember ten thousand scents. Why did Montag want Faber to turn on the air conditioning and sprinklers?