“Fahrenheit 451 Part:1 The Hearth and the Salamander”

What does “firemen” do for a living? Starts the fires.
In the opening scene, why are the books compared to birds? They are compared to a bird because when the pages burn, they flutter like wings.
Montag actually loves his job. He first said “It’s a pleasure to burn”. According to pages 3-4, what does Montag think of his job?
Who does Montag meet on the way home? A 16 year old girl named Clarisse.
What is the significance of Montag seeing his reflection in Clarisse’s eyes? The thing that is so great about Montag seeing himself in Clarisse’s eyes was that he saw true self; he thought he looked dark and tiny.
The meaning of that memory was that when Montag saw his self in her eyes, he thought back to the moment he had with his mother and waned that feeling again but to last forever. Clarisse causes Montag to recall a childhood memory in which a wish was embedded. What was the significance of that memory and the wish?
One thing Clarisse observes about Montag was that he never really thought before he spoke he kind of just said the first thing that was on his mind. Another thing that she realizes about him was that he would laugh at things that were not funny. What two observations does Clarisse make about Montag’s conversational mannerisms?
Symbolically, this could mean that sometimes once you do something it would be hard to get rid of it. The kerosene is like the blood in Macbeth, it symbolizes the guilt in the situation. Sometimes you can never get rid of your guilt. During his conversations, Montag says that “You never wash it off completely,” referring to the kerosene. What could this mean symbolically?
They stay up late at night and talk about things that other families do not talk about. Her uncle has been arrested twice for being a pedestrian. What things do the McClellans do which cause them to be classified as peculiar?
Clarisse asked Montag if he was happy. It is important to the plot because it makes Montag question himself and realize that he is not really happy. He starts to think that life as he knows it is not really the way it’s supposed to be. It kind of seems backwards. What final question does Clarisse ask Montag on the night of their first encounter? Why do you think that question is important to the plot of the story?
He stated that her eyes were like “miraculous bits of violet amber” and that be face was as “bright as snow”. Find two similes Montag use to describe Clarisse. Do you think these similes serve any other purpose?
It’s described as a cold marbled room of a mausoleum tomb like world where there is no sound. This is characterized to be like Mildred. Describe the bedroom which Montag enters. Does the setting characterize someone?
She needs help because she tries to commit suicide but overdosing on sleeping pills. Why does Mildred need help when Montag gets home?
Medical technicians come and pump her stomach to clean out the body and tells Montag to just let her sleep. Describe the help that she receives.
The thing that was unusual about the two men was that they did not seem to care about helping Mildred. The sat there smoking and had a bad attitude about them. They were kind of just concerned about getting paid. Is there anything unusual about the way the two men go about helping Mildred? How is it unusual?
When Montag finds his wife lying there, that gave him the impression that she was dead, because he sees that her pill bottle is empty and maybe she had forgotten that she had taken them before and continued to do so. How does this event provide Montag with an impression of the state of society? Describe the impression.
Montag realizes that he is not happy with his life and longs for someone to love and to listen to him. He wants somebody that he can love and be happy with. In contrast, what does Montag next hear and long for?
She wakes up like the events that happened the night before did not exist. She thought that there must have been a party and she got a hangover. She denies taking the pills and about her overdosing. How does Mildred react after she wakes up from her previous night’s experience?
Mildred sits at home and listens to music and watched the television. What does Mildred do all day?
In the TV room there are already 3 walls of TV’s but Mildred wants to put in another wall. Describe the setup of Montag’s TV room.
She rubs a dandelion under his chin to see if he’s in love, but from the looks of it he wasn’t even though he claims he is. What test of love does Clarisse give Montag, and how does he respond to it?
Clarisse is younger than Mildred, she kind and more exciting to be around. She makes Montag think about some of his decisions. How is Clarisse different from Mildred?
Clarisse says that Montag differs from other firemen because he doesn’t walk away from her when she says something crazy, instead he actually goes along to her ideas. What observations does Clarisse make about how Montag differs from other firemen?
The purpose of the medical hound is to find a chemical compound and get rid of it. What is the mechanical hound and what is its purpose?
They think this because Clarisse isn’t like the other children; she does not like being in a school and you can’t talk to people. She’s just different. Why does society consider Clarisse “anti-social”?
She says that all they talk about are sports and teams. Basically, nothing. What does Clarisse say people talk about?
When the firemen went into the woman’s home, she said to them “Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God’s grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out.” She explains to Montag that fire is more than destruction. What is the significance of the refrain repeated by the woman whose house was burned? What did it mean? What is its effect on Montag?
Montag takes a book. At the next fire, what does Montag take?
He reveals that once, he too has read books. (On page 40) Beatty reveals something very important about himself and his knowledge, what is it?
A television show. Who is Mildred’s “family”?
Montag believes that Mildred is spending too much time watching TV. What are Montag’s comments about the people in the walls?
She was hit by a car and died a few days earlier. What has happened to Clarisse? How did it happen?
She seemed as if she didn’t care much about. What is unusual about the way Mildred told Montag about Clarisse?
1. Everyone wants to be happy. 2. Everyone and everything has gotten faster, no time to enjoy.3. Many things are distractions. Read pages 55-62 very carefully. They contain great truths about our world. List three things Beatty talks about in his speech to Montag that are true about our world.
What do the firemen do in the world of Fahrenheit 451? Burn books
What is written on the firemen’s helmets? 451
What are the two professional symbols that Montag wears? Salamander and phoenix disc
What does Montag say he always smells like? Kerosine
Who does Montag run into on his way home? Clarisse McClellan
Why is it ironic that so many people are afraid of firemen? In our society we think of firemen as heroes
How do the doors work? You put your hand into a glove hole and the door opens
What is etched on Montag’s igniter? Salamander
What did Montag hit with his foot? Crystal bottle for sleeping tablets
What is Montag’s wife’s name? Mildred
What are the two machines being used on Montag’s wife? What do they do? Machine like a snake slides into the stomach and drinks the green matter. The other machine pumps blood from the body and replaces it with fresh blood and serum.
Where does the laughter that Montag hears come from? From the house of Clarisse
Explain Montag’s toaster. What does it do? Toast the bread, takes it out with a spidery metal hand, then drenches it in melted butter
What did Mildred have in her ears? Electronic bees
What did Mildred remember of the night before? Or what did she pretend to remember? Remembered people being over and didn’t remember taking all her pills
What kind of program is Mildred going to watch in the afternoon? A play
Explain Montag’s television. What does Mildred want for the television that Montag claims they cannot afford? It’s a 3-wall television and Mildred wants the 4th wall
What does Clarisse rub under her chin? Why? Dandelion, because if it rubs off it means she’s in love
What does Clarisse’s psychiatrist want to know? Why she goes out, hikes in the forest, watches birds, and collects butterflies
According to Clarisse, how is Montag “not like the others”? He looks at her when she talks and thinks about what she says
Describe the Mechanical Hound. Made up of brass, copper, steel, ruby glass eyes, sensitive capillary hairs in nylon-brushed nostrils, eight legs, rubber-padded paws
What do the firemen bet on dull nights? Which of the cats, chickens, or rats the mechanical hound would catch first
What happens when Montag touches the muzzle of the Mechanical Hound? It growled
How did Montag escape the Hound and get to the upper level of the firehouse? He grabbed the brass pole with one hand which slid him upward
What is Montag’s theory on why the Hound reacted the way it did? It doesn’t like him
How many times before had the Hound reacted this way toward Montag? Twice
Why has Montag never had any children? Mildred never wanted any
What is different about Montag’s laugh? It sounds more relaxed
Explain a school day in the world of Fahrenheit 451. 1 hr tv class, 1 hr exercise, 1 hr transcription history or art. No questions asked, answers just given
Why does Clarisse find it odd that people find her to be antisocial? She likes to talk about nature or question things with just one or a few people
Name one thing that Clarisse talks about that is different today than in the past. Children kill each other
What did the radio in the firehouse say? “a war may be declared any hour. This country stands ready to defend its…”
What happens to people that try to fool the government? They get sent to an ayslum
Why was Montag foolish to use the phrase “Once upon a time”? It could endanger him for reading even a line from a book
What is the history of Firemen of America? Established 1790, to burn English-influenced books in the colonies. First Fireman: Benjamin Franklin
How is the fire engine described? Orange dragon
What was different at Mrs. Blake’s? What did Montag not like about the way things were being done? She was there when they were. The woman may begin to scream and cry out.
What does Montag do with the book than lands in his hand? He reads a line and takes it
What does Beatty say to Mrs. Blake about the books? “The people in those books never lived. Come on now!”
Who started the fire at Mrs. Blake’s house? Mrs. Blake
What piece of information does Beatty share with Montag that refers back to something Mrs. Blake had said? The thing the woman was saying had been said by “A man named Latimer” to “a man named Nicholas Ridley, as they were being burnt alive at Oxford, for heresy” October 16, 1555
What question does Montag ask his wife when he finally talks to her? “When did we meet? And where?”
What does Montag cry about? Not crying about death
What does Montag notice about the television shows? They’re always relatives talking to Mildred
What does Mildred say about Clarisse to Montag? She was run over by a car
What did Montag imagine being outside his window? The Hound
What excuse is Montag trying to use to avoid going to work? Chills and a fever
Why does Montag not want to go to work anymore? What are some revelations he has had? Because of the women they burned. They burn up thousands of books, each taking a long time to be though out, but they’re gone in minutes
Who comes to visit Montag? Captain Beatty
What does Mildred find behind Montag’s pillow? The stolen book
What word became a swear word? Intellectual
Why does society lower the kindergarten age year after year? Because the home environment can undo what they teach in school
According to captain Beatty, if you don’t want a man unhappy politically, what do you do? Don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him, give him one or none
What does Beatty say about firemen taking books? Every firemen gets an itch to, but you come away lost
According to Clarisse’s uncle, why did the architects get rid of front porches? “because they didn’t look well,” more likely because they didn’t want people having the wrong type of social life
About how many books had Montag hidden in the ventilator? 20 some
What happens right before Montag and Mildred begin to read the books? Millie tries to burn a book, but Montag stops her
Guy Montag Personal Characteristics Charcoal hair, soot-colored brow, bluish-ash-smeared cheeks
Mildred Montag Personal Characteristics Hair burnt by chemicals, cataracts in eyes, reddened pout lips, thin body, flesh like white bacon
Clarisse McClellan Personal Characteristics Face as bright as snow and slender, dark eyes
Captain Beatty Personal Characteristics Pink burnt face, charcoal hair, soot-colored brow, bluish-ash-smeared cheeks
Name themes and think of example for each Individuality vs. Conformity; Entertainment & Media; Technology; Knowledge vs. Ignorance; Censorship/Government Control

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