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Fahrenheit 451: Test Review. Is it hot in here?. Basic 451 information. Authored by Ray Bradbury in 1950 Written mostly in UCLA library Science fiction genre Plot covers about 3 weeks time Based on what Bradbury thought we might be like someday. Setting.

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fahrenheit 451 test review

Fahrenheit 451: Test Review

Is it hot in here?

basic 451 information
Basic 451 information
  • Authored by Ray Bradbury in 1950
  • Written mostly in UCLA library
  • Science fiction genre
  • Plot covers about 3 weeks time
  • Based on what Bradbury thought we might be like someday
setting
Setting
  • Set in an unspecified large city in an unspecified time in the future
  • This allows readers to put themselves in the position of the characters for a more personal experience
characters
Characters
  • Montag: Protagonist of novel, decides he wants to change, fights inner war and outer war, forced to burn his house down
  • Beatty: Antagonist of novel, upholds societal rules, symbol of what’s wrong with society, killed in the climax
more characters
More characters
  • Clarisse: Supporting character, symbol of goodness, what used to be society, opens Montag’s eyes with her question, “Are you happy?”, killed in apparent drive-by violence
more characters1
More characters
  • Mildred: Guy’s wife, represents effects of society, turns husband in for books, “family” is parlor walls
  • Faber: Retired English professor, helps Montag reach goal, headed to St. Louis to begin again, invites Montag
basic terms
Basic terms
  • Paradox: Statement that seems to be false or contradict, but actually could be true
  • Irony: An outcome or event that turns out to be much different from what is expected
  • Metaphor: Comparison w/o “like” or “as”
symbols
Symbols
  • Seashells: Like headphones
  • Mechanical hound: 8 legged predator, does dirty work for humans in this story
  • Phoenix: Bird that rises from its ashes to live again, represents Montag and his life
more symbols
More symbols
  • Colors such as red, orange, yellow, black, gray = FIRE
  • Uniforms are orange and black
  • River: Montag’s rebirth
  • Wars: Internal and external
  • Snake: Unhappiness in society
  • Dandelion: Love, happiness
aren t symbols fun
Aren’t symbols fun??
  • Hearth: Keeps fire inside, contained, what Clarisse is and Montag is later
  • Salamander: Burning, what firemen are
  • Books: forbidden knowledge, government control of lives
451 themes
451 Themes
  • Censorship can be dangerous
  • Individuality is a good thing
  • It is better to have knowledge than be ignorant
  • Even when it is difficult, we must stand up for what is right
random yet important facts
Random, yet important facts
  • Dover Beach, by Matthew Arnold, is a poem about knowledge and what the lack of it can do to a person
  • This ultimately symbolizes Montag’s quest for something different
how about one more
How about one more?
  • The fact that society is glued to the parlor walls during Montag’s pursuit and “capture” shows how uncaring and unfeeling it really is
  • It is also willing to believe anything seen on TV. Sound familiar??
what can you learn from 451
What can you learn from 451?
  • Be an individual
  • Stand up for what is right
  • Question things you don’t believe or don’t understand
  • Never stop learning and wanting knowledge
  • Never take freedom for granted
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