Fahrenheit 451 Quotes Analysis

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Katarina Raicevic
February 14, 2011
English 51
Professor Sanchez

The book, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, is about a futuristic United States where books that are made illegal are burned by fireman. The beginning of the book focuses on a firefighter named Guy Montag who questions his career as a fireman; but it seems clear that he finds no interest in literature and enjoys his job of burning books. There is a quote on the first page stating “The blood pounded in 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”. (Page 3) This quote characterizes his pleasure of burning pages and pages of books and shows hatred towards
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From the moment she met him she was fascinated with his sense of clothing and personality. The two never talked before and she wasn’t afraid of him. She states “I’m not afraid of you at all; I mean you’re just a man, after all”. (Page 7) McClellan describes herself as a crazy seventeen year old. Over the time period of their conversation she became more familiar of what kind of person he was. Their conversation consisted of questions to one another “How long have you worked at being a fireman?” He replied “Since I was twenty, ten years ago.” “Do you ever read any of the books you burn?” He replied by saying “That’s against the law!” Montag is amazed by this young girl with her comments and questions towards him; he built an attraction towards her. “He looked at a blank wall. The girl’s face was there, really quite beautiful in memory: astonishing in fact. She had a very thin face like the dial of a small clock seen faintly in a dark room”. (Page …show more content…
Day after day he would return to work and home thinking about Clarisse and what she had said. Montag came home to find his wife listening to the radio when he realized that she had taken all her pills. He calls for help and two cynical hospital workers arrive and pump her stomach. When Montag goes to talk to her about it the next morning she denies trying to commit suicide acting as if she had no recollection of the previous night. When Montag leaves for work he finds Clarisse outside catching raindrops in her mouth. He finds her behavior peculiar yet fascinating as she compares the raindrops to wine. She informs Montag that she is forced to talk to a psychiatrist because she is socially awkward. She then angers Montag by telling him he is not in love with his wife because the pollen from the flower did not rub off on his

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