S: By Mason and Kayleigh
BC: THE END!
FC: Fahrenheit 451 ABC Book | By: Mason and Kayleigh
2: A is for addiction. In Fahrenheit 451 it is clear that addiction is used as a distraction from the real issues. The government saw that addictions to mindless activities could keep people from the kind of critical thinking that would question the government. | A | Kayleigh
3: "Let you alone! That's all very well, but how can I leave myself alone? We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real?" (86) | This shows how Montag is starting to realize the distractions that he has filled his life with, and now that he recognizes that, he can't get it out of his head. He ends up being extremely bothersome to his wife, who really just wants him to drop it, and tries to retreat to her addictions every time he brings things up.
4: is for books. In the novel, books are forbidden and if anyone has a book, it must be burned. There are firefighters who will burn the books and the house. Books are to be censored because they offend people and give people their own point of view and opinions. If the book offends women, or is thought to be racist to anyone, it would have to be burned. The government is afraid of people gaining new ideas and thinking for themselves with books they decided to ban them, to solve all of the problems, giving them more control on society. | B
5: “a book is a loaded gun in the house next door” pg. 58 | Mason
6: "What traitors books can be! You think they're backing you up, and they turn on you. Others can use them, too, and there you are, lost in the middle of the moor, in a great welter of nouns and verbs and adjectives." (107) | C | C is for censorship | Kayleigh
7: In the book, Bradbury doesn't give a clear explanation of why censorship has become so great in this futuristic society. Rather, the author alludes to a variety of causes. Fast cars, loud music, and massive advertisements create an over stimulated society without room for literature, self-reflection, or appreciation of nature. Bradbury gives the reader a brief description of how society slowly lost interest in books, first condensing them, then relying simply on titles, and finally forgetting about them all together. Bradbury also alludes to the idea that different "minority" groups were offended by certain types of literature. In his discussion with Montag, Beatty mentions dog lovers offended by books about cats, and cat lovers offended by books about dogs.
8: D | is for death. Death is an important event and symbol in the novel. Throughout the novel life and death are paradoxicle to each other For example, Montag's wife Millie attempts suicide by swallowing sleeping pills. Montag discovers her, calls for medical assistance and saves her life. During the time while the medical team is reviving Millie, it is unclear whether she will live or die. Montag learns through the medics that reviving suicide attempts is a very common act. The commonality of suicide attempts and saves confuses the reader the line between life and death in this futuristic society. After Montag realizes this, he begins to wonder what life truly is and why it feels so empty and dead. Since when everyone is alive, they truly do not feel alive. They are confused to which state they are in since they are so addicted to the artificial lives of television.
9: Mason | "because all we put into it is hunting and finding and killing. What a shame if that's all it can ever know." (page 54) "They would have killed me, thought Montag, swaying, the air still torn and stirring about him in dust, touching his bruised cheek. For no reason at all in the world they would have killed me". (page 105)
10: E | “And wasn't it this bright boy you selected for beating and tortures after hours? Of course it was. We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal. Each man the image of every other; then all are happy, for their are no mountains to make them cower, to judge themselves against." (103) | Kayleigh
11: E is for equality. Equality is impossible in Fahrenheit 451 because the government suppresses all the freedom, yet call themselves a government of equality. Guy Montag tries to oppose this messed up idea of equality by showing that there will always be individuals who rebel, are not the same, and try to start their own society to fight against the government. Bradbury suggest that equality is unattainable because there will constantly be individuals that challenge the idea of people being the same in every way possible. You cant help but relate the lack of equality in Fahrenheit 451 back to our present world. There are less fortunate countries than ours, fighting to survive everyday. When you compare and change some of the concepts of our world to the world of Fahrenheit 451, you cant help but realize that our two worlds aren't very different at all.
12: F | is for foreshadowing. In the novel, Ray Bradbury added many situations that gave foreshadowing to what then next situation. There was early descriptions of the mechanical hound, nervous looks towards his ventilator shaft where he had hidden his books. The reader gets hints to what situations he will end in. Throughout the novel Montag is realizing what the government is doing to the world, so he is slowly changing as a character.
13: Mason | "That woman, the other night, Millie, you weren't there. You didn't see her face. And Clarisse. You never talked to her. I talked to her. And men like Beaty are afraid of her. I can't understand it. Why should they be so afraid of someone like her? But I kept putting her alongside the firemen in the house last night, and I suddenly realized I didn't like them at all, and I didn't like myself at all any more." (page 67)
14: G is for government. In the book Fahrenheit 451, we learn few people oppose the government’s regime. This is because it is considered a serious crime, especially since the government has implausible power and control over the population. The government exerts its control over the population in a number of ways. | G | "If you don't want a man unhappy politically, don't give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war." (61)
15: One of the ways the government applies its control is by keeping the people ignorant. The government makes sure the people are ignorant by burning all books and anything that could give them an idea of what goes on in the outside world. Without books the people’s only source of entertainment are watching their pantry walls or racing cars: things which do not require thinking. Another way that the government keeps their control is by keeping the people occupied. When the people are occupied, they are restricted from sharing ideas, which could lead to the downfall of the government, and are therefore stopped from being able to think or act as individuals. Finally, the government stays in control by creating fear in the people. Death is the main punishment for any crime in the novel, so if anyone decides to rebel, their lives are ultimately at stake. | Kayleigh
16: Mason | “Established, 1790, to burn English-influenced books in the Colonies. First Fireman: Benjamin Franklin. Rule 1. Answer the alarm swiftly. 2. Start the fire swiftly. 3. Burn everything. 4. Report back to firehouse immediately. 5. Stand alert for other alarms.” (34-35) | The Only History They are Aware of...
17: H | is for history. In the novel, not many people are aware of the history of their own civilization. All they care about, or are told to care about is then and now. They are not aware of the times before with books and when people weren't attached and so dependent on their technology. The people in the novel really don't have any information of the history of the world, how it was created, or why things are ran like they are. The government keeps the history confidential to prevent people starting to rebel and go away from what knowledge the government feels they should possess.
18: for Ignorance vs. knowledge. Ignorance vs. knowledge is one of the major themes in Fahrenheit 451. The fireman's responsibility is to burn books, and therefore destroy knowledge. Through these actions, the firemen promote ignorance to maintain the sameness of society. After befriending Clarisse, Montag finds himself unable to accept the status quo, believing life is more complete, true and satisfying when knowledge is welcomed into it. After making this discovery, Montag fights against ignorance, trying to help others welcome knowledge into their lives. For example, when his wife's friends come over, he forces them to listen to poetry. Although they become extremely upset after listening to what he reads, they are able to experience true emotion. In Montag's view, this emotion will give these women a fuller and more satisfying life. | I
19: “Mistakes can be profited by Man, when i was young I showed my ignorance in people's faces. They beat me with sticks. By the time I was forty my blunt instrument had been honed to a fine cutting point for me. If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you'll never learn.” (88) | Kayleigh
20: "It was pretty silly, quoting poetry around free and easy like that. It was the act of a silly damn snob. Give a man a few lines of verse and he thinks he's the Lord of all Creation. You think you can walk on water with your books. Well, the world can get by just fine without them. Look where they got you, in slime up to your lip. If I stir the slime with my little finger, you'll drown!" (pages 117-118) | Mason
21: is for Jesus. In the book, Jesus has become a spokesperson for companies. He helps advertise products for people to buy. This shows that religion was completely wiped out with the books because religion would give people the wrong ideas according to the government. The government did not want people to think about life and the creation of life, so they took out religion to resolve that problem for the open minded. The author used this to show that our world can turn like this one day, since most people aren't allowed to say "Merry Christmas", rather; Happy Holidays instead to not offend anyone. Faber says how he wonders if God would even recognize his son after all they did to him. | J | J
22: K is for kerosene. Kerosene is what the fire men use to start the fires. Throughout the novel you begin to notice Montag's peculiar obsession with the odor that kerosene releases. Kerosene could be looked at as a symbolization of Montag's personality, determination, and his passion. Kerosene, when lit will explode into flames, destroying everything until it has completed its path. Much like Montag's journey for books, once he was hit with the spark of knowledge, something lit inside of him, yearning to know more. This was the beginning of Montag's new obsession, the obsession for knowledge. Once Montag began to understand and embrace the books, the reader realized that Montag would stop at nothing until his passion for his new found knowledge, and his determination to spread it, was successful, ending his marked path of destruction of the government. | K
23: “Kerosene," he said, because the silence had lengthened, "is nothing but perfume to me.” (6) | Kayleigh
24: L | L | is for leisure. People in Fahrenheit 451 had filled themselves with mindless entertainment. They had no leisure time to think to themselves and that kept them mindless and apathetic. The government tired to give people no leisure time to think because anywhere they went they would have to hear the sound of advertisements or the sound of just noise. There was no fun. Leisure time is thought to be time of enjoying things you like, since no one could think for themselves they didn't have interests or love to do anything; they were just used to the same old same old useless television and radio programs.
25: Mason | "If you can, you'll win your way, Montag. In any event, you’re a fool. People are having fun." (page 87)
26: M is for mirrors. Mirrors are a key symbol in the novel Fahrenheit 451 and they carry a very deep metaphor throughout.To be able to change the attitude of society, the people need a reflection of what they have done. In contrast to the parlor walls, mirrors are made for that. They reflect the person who is looking inside as they are. The parlor walls of Fahrenheit 451 just showed the humans what they wanted to see without giving them the possibility to see the real world.By entertaining them all the time, they make them lose the reality of life. With self-reflection, the people in this novel will be able to see the kind of electronic crazed humans they have become. Granger wants to try to change these people by showing them their mistakes, like a mirror shows a human itself. | M
27: "Come on now, we're going to go build a mirror factory first and put out nothing but mirrors for the next year and take a long look in them." (164) | Kayleigh
28: I sometimes think drivers don't know what grass is, or flowers, because they never see them slowly. If you showed a driver a green blur, Oh yes! he’d say, that’s grass! A pink blur! That’s a rose garden! White blurs are houses. Brown blurs are cows. My uncle drove slowly on a highway once. He drove forty miles per hour and they jailed him for two days. Isn’t that funny, and sad, too? (page 9)
29: is for nature. While the rest of the world is preoccupied with “parlor walls” and “jet cars”, Clarisse McClellan cares for the more innocent things in life. She is an outcast for loving nature and collecting butterflies. Montag comes to a realization with the help of Clarisse of how beautiful nature is, and how society is so addicted to television they have lost real connection to life and nature and what is really on earth. When she meets Montag, Clarisse teaches him to taste the rain and to see the beauty of life. Her ideas lead to Montag’s revelation later in the book while he walks through the unspoiled countryside. He loves the thought of nature and he questions everyone else in his futuristic society. | N | Mason
30: O | is for opposed. Montag and Clarisse are believed to be opposed to what the government wants them to act. However, in the readers mind, they are completely normal. The world has changed to keep everyone mindless and anonymous. Clarisse was a character who thought the world is a better place, and that everyone should stop to look out and enjoy what life has to offer other than watching television or listening to the radio and her views were thought to be opposing to what the government believed when they were completely normal
31: Clarisse McClellan | Mason | “I’m antisocial, they say. I don’t mix. It’s so strange. I’m very social indeed. It all depends on what you mean by social, doesn’t it? Social to me means talking to you about things like this.” — Clarisse McClellan (pg. 27)
32: “Lived, but did not live.” (page 24 ) | “Slept, but did not sleep.” (page 24) | “He saw but did not see what the Eye saw” (page 14)
33: P | is for paradox. The culture of Fahrenheit 451 has many unrealistic aspects. They seem to be alive, but have no soul. They are like machines listening to the propaganda and false information that the government tells them. It is a world of paradoxes. When they are alive, they are zombie like with no true emotions or thoughts. They do as told and do not think anything of it because they are so captivated and interested on the artificial lives of the television characters. None of the characters are truly alive. In the novel Montag tries to grasp reality before it is too late. | P | Mason
34: k | Q is for quality. Faber refers to quality as being his favorite characteristic of a book.Books are full of knowledge and truth, where the television programs are censored and unrealistic. Each book is different and unlike any other in both physical features and the literature inside. Books are full of expression and depth, while people in the world of Fahrenheit 451 only see what is upon the surface. | Q
35: "Do you know why books so important? Because they have quality. And what does the word quality mean?" | Kayleigh
36: R | is for reconstruction. The government reconstructed society by making books illegal. Montag realizes the government is destroying the world, he wants to reconstruct the world into something where everyone wan express what they want, just like the old times. He didn't used to think anything of burning books until he opened his eyes more and thought about what society was becoming. He knew he had to change something. His views on burning books are also reconstructed. At the start of the novel he is a fireman who loves his job of burning books and destroying history to a man who is curious of history and wants to uncover the mysteries of the world.
37: "Kerosene...is nothing but perfume to me." page 6 | Mason | "suddenly the odor of kerosene made him vomit." page 49 | then..
38: S is for The Sieve and The Sand. The Sieve and The Sand is the title of Part 2 in the novel Fahrenheit 451. This title comes from one of Montag's childhood memories of when he was given the next to impossible task of sieve with sand at the beach by his mischievous cousin. He compares this memory to his attempt to read the whole Bible as quickly as possible on the subway in the hope that, if he reads fast enough, some of the material will stay in his memory. The Sieve and The Sand symbolizes the truth that Montag seeks and his dedication and desperation of finding it. | S
39: "but was he tricking me? Simply playing games with my mind? Oh how i yearn to know now." (91) | Kayleigh
40: "I plunk the children in school 9 days out of 10. I put up with them when they come home 3 days a month; it's not bad at all. You heave them into the parlor and turn the switch, it's like washing clothes; stuff laundry in and slam the lid...they'd just as soon kick me as kiss me. Thank god I can kick back!" (page 96) | Mason
41: T | is for technology. Technology in Fahrenheit 451 plays a huge roll in the lives of the characters. Without technology, they are lost. They have walls as television, and they have seashell radio playing through their ears all day long. Technology is their most important aspect of living. They have lost all connection to their real families and have gained unrealistic families with the television programs. parlor walls are all what people do, the television programs families rather than their own families. Ray Bradbury created a world that is almost equivalent to what we live by today. It is scary that our world could fall apart just as easily as this society has, since our use of technology is very similar to the novel.
42: U | U is for Utopia. Utopia is defined as an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. The word was first used in the book Utopia (1516) by Sir Thomas More. The fact that Utopia was first used in a book, tells us that the government must be getting their knowledge from books and that is how they have such control over the people. The government must understand that knowledge gives them control, thus being why they have such strong enforced censorship. The Government believe that their world can only be as perfect like the ones they read in the banned books if they have all the power and control. | Kayleigh
43: "Perfect power makes a perfect world." (148)
44: "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 wreck..."(1.270) | Mason
45: V | is for violence. There is a lot of violence in Fahrenheit 451. In the novel, their is a war in their country. Since the government has brainwashed the people, no one realizes the horror of a war, or understand what is happening. In the novel, Mildred and her friends discuss how their husbands are off to war, and they do not care in the slightest. The lack of emotion is sickening in their speech. The people have become immune to emotions so there is so much violence on television It is just a normal in their life, and Ray Bradbury added this into the novel because our world is just the same and can get worse. | Mason
46: W | "Millie? Does The White Clown love you?" (77) | Kayleigh
47: W is for White Clown. The White Clown is a program on the parlor walls that Mildred and her friends constantly wait in anticipation to watch. This is one of the many shows that MIldred is obsessed with watching. Mildred's obsession with this television program amplifies the known case of her addiction with electronics and how truly sick it has made her become. White Clown is a brutal show which flashes between cartoon clowns slaughtering another, to jet cars racing. The constant switching back and forth between the two aspects of the show are meant to keep the viewer on a constant excitement high, making them unable to process what they are actually viewing. This displays the governments hold on the media, they brain-wash the citizens to have no individual thoughts or opinions. The people of Fahrenheit 451 become so crazed with these television shows that they begin to mentally believe that the characters are real, can understand when being spoken to, and have real emotions and genuine feelings towards them. | W
48: X | is for eXplode. In the end of the novel, the enemy of America drops a nuclear bomb on Montag's city. Thankfully Montag is outside of the city so he survives the explosion. The explosion represents rebuilding and a change in the world and the government. It also shows how easily a society can crash, much like the city Montag lived in. The phoenix is used to be a symbol of rebirth, as well as the explosion, and the explosion and phoenix are juxtaposed to each other. Montag has to rebuild a society with books and fix the world, much like a phoenix. | X
49: "But every time he burned himself, up he sprang out of the ashes, he got himself born all over again. And it looks like we're doing the same thing." (page 163) | Mason
50: Y is for yenta. Yenta is defined as one that gossips; meddles. When Mildred's friends come over they seem to be very gossipy. The women talk to another nonchalantly about husbands, politics, and how to take care of children; having no clue as to the lies they are actually speaking. These women show how little the people in Fahrenheit 451 know about handling themselves and others; the women have no knowledge on how to be the typical, classy ladies they all believe they are. These women, along with many of the characters in the novel lack respect to one another because they were not taught to have those genial skills while growing up. The characters of Fahrenheit 451 do not understand like those with the knowledge because they merely do not know any better. After Montag read 'Dover Beach' to them, the women made the rash decision of sounding an alarm, meddling their way into peoples lives and business once more and overall stopping something that could have greatly benefited them. | Y
51: "Oh my goodness! Millie, did you hear?" (48) | Kayleigh
52: Z | Z is for zealous. The definition of zealous is being filled with or inspired by intense enthusiasm. Guy Montag is zealous throughout Fahrenheit 451 because he is desperate for knowledge. Montag is apprehensive about the concept on why the books were banned and the control the government has on society at first because he never before experienced the knowledge books offered before. However, once he embraces knowledge, Montag will go through desperate measures to know more. Montags desperateness proves how overall zealous he is. | Kayleigh
53: "We know all the damn silly things we've done for a thousand years, and as long as we know that and always have it around where we can see it, some day we'll stop making the goddamn funeral pyres and jumping into the middle of them. We pick up a few more people that remember every generation." (163)