fahrenheit 451

fahrenheit 451

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  • Guy Montag lives in a dystopian society where he burns books for a living to keep the people from free thought.
  • After meeting Clarisse McCellan, a 17 year old girl full of hope and dreams, Guy begins to question every aspect of his life.
  • Guy comes home after meeting with Clarisse and finds his wife Mildred has overdosed on pills.   He calls 911.  She says she has no memory of taking any pills.
  • While the books went up in sparkling whirls and blew away on a wind turned dark with burning.  Montag grinned the fierce grin of all men singed and driven back by flame. (pg.2) 
  • After Clarisse is killed in a hit and run accident, Guy is angry that the only person who could see a better world is gone.
  • Then she seemed to remember something and came back to look at him with wonder and curiosity.  "Are you happy?" she said.-Clarisse McCellan (pg. 8)
  • After watching a woman choose to be burned alive before abandoning her books, Guy steals a book to see what would make her choose books over life.
  • "We get these cases nine or ten a night.  Got so many, starting a few years ago, we had the special machines built. . . You don't need an M.D., case like this; all you need is two handymen, clean up the problem in half an hour."-Handyman (pg. 12)
  • Guy meets with an old friend, Professor Faber, who is a retired English scholar and he speaks with Guy about the importance of books and higher knowledge.
  • "I'm afraid of children my own age. They kill each other. Did it always used to be that way? My uncle says no. Six of my friends have been shot in the last year alone. Ten of them died in car wrecks. I'm afraid of them and they don't like me because I'm afraid."-Clarisse McCellan (pg. 26)
  • The woman knelt among the books, touching the drenched leather and cardboard, reading the gilt titles with her fingers while her eyes accused Montag.  "You can't ever have my books," she said. -Old Woman (pg. 32-33)
  • "Books were only one type of receptacle where we stored a lot of things we were afraid we might forget.  There is nothing magical in them at all.  The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us." -Faber (pg. 71) 
  • Guy reads poetry to his wife and her friends in an attempt to share the beauty books hold.
  • After his wife reports Guy for possessing books, he is forced to burn down his own home.  Guy then kills his boss, Fire Captain Beatty and the mechanical hounds sent to hunt him down.
  • With the city now in flames, Guy escapes to try and build a new and improved society with a love for books and knowledge.
  • "You see? I knew it, that's what I wanted to prove! I knew it would happen! I've always said it, poetry and tears, poetry and suicide and crying and awful feelings, poetry and sickness; all that mush! Now I've had it proved to me. You're nasty, Mr Montag, you're nasty!"-Mrs. Bowles (pg. 88)
  • And then he was a shrieking blaze, a jumping, sprawling, gibbering mannequin, no longer human or known, all writhing flame on the lawn as Montag shot one continuous pulse of liquid on him. (pg. 102)
  • "But that's the wonderful thing about man; he never gets so discouraged or disgusted that he gives up doing it all over again, because he knows very well it is important and worth the doing."-Granger (pg. 130)
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