Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

Bradbury opens the novel with the quote from Juan Ramon Jimenez: 'if they give you ruled paper, write the other way." why did Bradbury select this statement, and what does it mean?

why are Clarisse and Montag fascinated with each other? what do they find attractive; what do they find upsetting about one another?

what are the factors in our own lives that tend to alienate us from others?

what is the significance of this quote?:" he felt his body divide itself into a hotness and a coldness, a softness and a hardness, a trembling and a not trembling, the two halves grinding one upon the other?" (24)

what is the significance of this quote? " there are too many of us... There are billions of us and that's too many. Nobody knows anyone" (16)

Montag's television includes headphones called seashells. The " wall to wall " circuit allows Mildred to enter the " play " and, therefore, the television programming. How does the technology within the novel compare to our current technology? Does technology improve the quality of life for Montag and his wife, Mildred? why or why not?

there is a list of a million forbidden books on the firehouse wall. what types of books are probably on this list and why?

why does Beatty call books a Tower of Babel?

According yo Beatty, the numbers of different minorities or interests were a problem because they caused controversy( page 57 ). How does society try to eliminate  controversy, and how effective are they in achieving this goal?

pick on part of Beatty's long lecture from pages 57-61

what conclusions does Montag come to at the end of " the Hearth and the Salamander" regarding books, his relationship with his wife, and his happiness?

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 'if they give you ruled paper, write the other way." why did Bradbury select this statement, and what does it mean?

Basically the quote speaks to not conforming to values imposed upon people in society. Breaking the rules means freedom from complacency: it means individuality and creativity.