English 10 Honors
January 16, 2011
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Charcoal hair soft-colored brows and blush ash smeared checks, an unshaven look Looks like all the other fire fighters
At the beginning Montag was content and satisfied with his job and life After meeting Clarisse he became confused
Admitted he is unhappy
He feels a deep sense of guilt and pain because of the condition of society Intellectual
It was Montag curiosity that led him to a deeper place of refection and thought
in literature or drama, a character who undergoes a permanent change in outlook or character during the story; also called
Montag asserts, "Maybe the books can get us half out of the cave. They just might stop us from making the same damn insane mistakes!" In this way, Montag sees books not only as helpful tools, but as vital agents of salvation for his diseased world.
Montag gets the last laugh when he turns to Beatty's dead body and says, "You always said, don't face a problem, burn it. Well, now I've done both. Good-bye, Captain."
Aware of oneself, including one's traits, feelings, and behaviors
1. showing awareness and acceptance of reality
| |in literature and drama, a struggle which takes place in the protagonist's mind and through which the character reaches a new | | |understanding or dynamic change |
in literature, a struggle between the protagonist and another character against nature or some outside force
message effect through montag
Montag is the protagonist and central character of the novel. Throughout the plot, he steadily grows and changes; by the end of the book, he is a completely different person. At the start of the novel, Montag is a total conformist who has bought into the totalitarian system in which he lives without thought or question. He is married to Mildred, an insipid woman who spends her days in front of three television sets and lulls herself into sleep at night with music and sleeping pills. Montag works for the government as a fireman, burning the homes of "criminals" who dare to possess books and setting loose the Mechanical Hound to track down those victims who dare to seek knowledge. Montag actually enjoys his cruel and destructive work and amuses himself by watching the suffering he inflicts. He and his fellow firemen even play masochistic games in which they set small animals loose and send the Mechanical Hound after them, betting on the outcome. Despite the seeming pleasure he receives from his job, Montag is hungry for knowledge. Instead of burning all the books in the houses of the criminals, he has actually stolen some of them and hidden them in his own home. He knows that it is an offense that is punishable by death. When Montag meets Clarisse, his seventeen-year-old neighbor, he is amazed at her independent thinking and open defiance of convention. She is fresh and exciting, uninterested in the technological trappings of the ultra-modern society. She also challenges Montag when she asks him if he is happy. When faced with this question, Montag acknowledges that his life has no meaning; the more he thinks, the more he is dissatisfied with the vacuum of his life. By the end of Part I, Montag is poised for change, ready for a new, more meaningful existence. | | |[pic] | |Your browser does not support the IFRAME tag. |
Montag reveals his independent thoughts to his wife, but she is incapable of understanding them. When he shows her one of his books, she is horrified at his bravery. Unable to discuss his ideas at home, Montag, in total frustration, turns to Faber, an old...