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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


  • 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


  • 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”


  • 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