Fahrenheit 451 Dialect Journal

Topics: Fahrenheit 451, Dystopia, Doing It Pages: 8 (1662 words) Published: October 16, 2014
Kristine Pham
H. Freshmen Lit & Composition
Summer 2014
Dialectic Journal Assignment

(Question, Predict, Connect, Clarify, Reflect, Evaluate)
"With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting it's venomous kerosene upon the world, the blood pounded his head, and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history." Chapter 1

Page 1
This sentence has negative and a happy tone at the same time. Bradbury makes the character sound like he's evil or perhaps has a lot of things to hide, considering that snakes in general slither around and seem to hide themselves. Yet, he has no remorse for what he was doing either with the included phrase, "and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies. I predict that this person is doing this as it was he's job. I also wonder why he is burning whatever he was trying to get rid of. This reminds me of a firefighter because of the way the author is describing what this person was doing, but instead of water it is kerosene. Maybe this person's job was to purify the area in the society by burning it. "He remembered nothing like it save one afternoon a year ago when he had met an old man in the park and they had talked…." Chapter 1

Page 8
This sentence holds a mysterious tone. Who is this man and why is "they" in italics? Did something peculiar happened a year ago that made him remember it in a odd way? I think we shall learn more about this other man later in the story. Maybe this man is related to the girl, that's why Montag suddenly remembers the man after the conversation with the girl. It was said that he saw Clarisse's face in the walls too. It has been confirmed that the man, Montag, is a firefighter, but with no usage of water what so ever. He's job is to purify the community by burning book because it is illegal. I wonder why that is and also why other things that should be okay illegal as well. This shows sign of a world that supposedly utopian, but in reality, a dystopian society in itself. "He felt his smile slide away melt, fold over and down on itself like a tallow skin, like the stuff of a fantastic candle burning too long and now collapsing and now blown out." Chapter 1

Page 9
The author explains that Montag is not only unhappy, but he is now incapable of pretending otherwise. Which he is revealing his true emotions. By comparing his smile to a burnt our candle, it shows how definite his unhappiness is. Then when you read the part where it describes the candle that can never be lit again tells us readers that Montage can never truly be happy with himself again. Predict

There is something that is bothering him and he has been unhappy for awhile now. "He felt that the stars had been pulverized by the sound of the black jets and that in the morning the dart would be covered with their dust like a strange snow." Chapter 1

Page 11-12
The author is describing how Montag feels like the stars are being ruined by the black jets. The starts represent his perfect world and the black jets are something that is destroying his perfect world. Bradbury is creating a somber situation. Predict

The sentence shows hidden darkness within Montag. Maybe the black jets represents Mildred swallowing the pills and how he is aware of the imperfect world that is around him with the author's usage of the words, "pulverized" instead of "crushed" or "ruined." "You don't need an M.D., case like this; all you need is two handymen, clean up the problem in half an hour." Chapter 1

Page 13
The word that are placed in this sentence demonstrates insensitive words towards one another humanity has become. Mildred was dying and society cared enough to send only two "handymen" to fix the "problem." This sentence has surprisingly cold...
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