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D is for Dystopia

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BC: About the Author | Evan Kanatzidis lives in Wilmette, IL. He enjoys reading and writing and likes to learn about techniques to incorporate into his writing. He enjoyed reading Fahrenheit 451. He thought it was very engaging and enjoyed writing an ABC book about it.

2: A is for Anarchy | At the end of the story, the city is nuked and is in anarchy. It is up to Montag to rebuild society to where it once was.

3: B is for Books | Books are outlawed in this society so that the government doesn't need to face contradiction. This allows them to alter thoughts with ease.

4: C is for Clarisse | She is different from the rest of society. She doesn't believe in being lazy and watching T.V all day. She changes the way Montag thinks about books and is what gets him to start stealing books.

5: D is for Desensitization | Many people in the society are truly desensitized. On page 47, Montag tells his wife Mildred that he "burned a woman". Mildred then replies casually, "well?". This shows that technology such as T.V has desensitized many people. If she wasn't desensitized, she would have been shocked and concerned. People die in the middle of the streets and no one cares.

6: E is for Escape | In the story, Montag is trying to escape society so he can help bring back the power of literature. In the story, he has to burn his officer, Beatty, with a flamethrower and escape the city to find a group of book zealots.

7: F is for Fire | Fire plays a large part in the story as it used to burn books. It symbolizes the destructive ways of the society. When they burn books, it's like burning independent thoughts, opinions, and people.

8: G is for Garrulous | Montag's boss Beatty drones on and on about how books are "evil". Everything he says is a lie and Montag thinks nothing of it. He uses metaphors and intriguing language when in reality he is talking about nothing and everything he says is false. For example, on page 59, he states that books are about "non existent people" who are just "figments of imagination".

9: H is for Hound | It is a futuristic robotic dog in which governmental services such as the police and "firemen" to catch criminals. It is very difficult to kill and serves as a major inconvenience in Montag's escape. It is a fantastic example of the "futuristic technology" trait found in many dyopian novels.

10: I is for Individuality | In this society, everyone is the same and aren't unique in any way. They all think the same way and don't have much independent thought whatsoever. Since they all think the same way, there is no contradiction. Beatty acknowledges this in page 55. He states, "Not everyone is born free and equal, as the constitution says, but everyone made equal". | That is a lie because the it doesn't actually say that.

11: J is for Jets | In the story, the society is in constant war with other societies. Because of this, war jets are constantly zooming across the sky. People in the story see them however, are not bothered by them. They are so used to death and violence and are never concerned when they are near it or even see it. In reality, they would be fearing for their own safety rather than carrying on with their boring lives. Sadly, at the end of the story, most of the population dies because of the nuclear war thats going on.

12: K is for Kin | In the society, most families are a mess. Many husbands are drafted into wars and commonly die, the children hate their parents and join gangs, and the mothers sit around and watch T.V all day. This ultimately effects how the society functions. On page 91 and 92, Mildred's friend, Mrs. Phelps, says that "she's not worried" about her husband who had been drafted. This shows that she doesn't care and isn't concerned for her husband's safety. Also, many people even consider TV shows as their family.

13: L is for Loyalty | In the society, the vast majority of the public remain loyal to the government. This is mainly due to the "unification of thoughts". The main thought is to not question the government. This tends to be common theme for dystopian novels.

14: M is for Manipulation | The government in this society is able to manipulate it's citizens to do what it wants it to do. Whether preventing the public from doing something or getting the entire population to perform an action or task, it is made easy thanks to television. Everyone in this society watches T.V. For example, on page 131, montage listens to some sort of television warning broadcast while escaping the city. It said, "Everyone in every house in every street open a front or back door or look from a window. The fugitive cannot escape". Of course, everyone did so. It demonstrates the loyalty of the city and that broadcasting plays a major role in manipulation.

15: N is for Norms | In the society, watching T.V is a norm. Everyone does it and everyone enjoys it. Sadly, this is their weakness. They're isolated from much of the outside world. Their city is extremely isolated from the rest of the world yet no one cares since they are to busy watching T.V. They aren't living at all, they are just killing time.

16: O is for Outrun | In the story, Montag was successfully able to out run the police, firemen, and the hound in particular. Even being bit in the leg by a hound and nearly being run over by a car, he still was determined to escape. He definitely succeeded.

17: P is for Phoenix | At the end of the story, Montag meets up with a group of devoted book readers. One of them named Granger, creates a metaphor for society involving the Phoenix on page 156. Granger says that "every few hundred years, he built a pyre and burned himself up. But every time he burnt himself up he sprang out of the ashes, he got himself reborn again". He then compares it to society and how it destroys itself and must be reborn. Basically, ashes to ashes, dust to dust.

18: Q is for Quotations | At the end of the story, Montag finds a group of book memorizers and becomes one with them. At the end of the story on page 158, he quotes in his head a passage from the bible on way back to the city. He says, "And on either side of the river was there a tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month; And the leaves of the tree were for the healing on nations". This quote deals with the idea of healing. Similar to the phoenix, it is a metaphor for healing and rebuilding. Society is what's going to be rebuilt.

19: R is for remembrance | In the society, everyone has forgotten about the past, even the government officials. Not only did they burn their records, they all also burned their culture. Burning books is what the Nazi party did for example. However, hundreds of years later, no one knows what a Nazi is. Just like the Phoenix, society burned itself but was able to heal. In the book, society is ready to burn itself again. History simply repeats itself.

20: S is for Suicide | People such as Mildred have attempted suicide over the lack of television. This shows that the people within this society are addicted and there is a serious problem. For example, if the society lost all of it's T.V, they could not carry on and would probably kill itself.

21: T is for Treachery | In the story, Mildred betrays Montag and reports him to the firemen for holding books. This is because Mildred loses her mind. On page 109, while the firemen are at his house, she says, "Poor family, oh everything gone, everything gone now". When she says that, she is referring to the family which is on T.V. She is so anti-social and considers the fictional family on T.V as her family. She is unable to comprehend the power of reading and isn't able to take it anymore.

22: V is for Vilification | Books are vilified and are brought under the misconception that they are "evil". It is all a lie and the government bans books so they can easily control thoughts.

23: W is for War | Their society is always creating constant wars. Thousands of people are dying yet, nobody cares. On page 90, Montag asks some of Mildreds "friends", "When do you suppose the next war will start?" and then asks, "I notice your husbands aren't here". One of them replies, "Oh, they come and go, come and go". This shows that they are coming and going and she doesn't really care. Nobody even considers that these wars are probably being created for the government's on benefit.

24: X is for Xenophobia | In the story, society is isolated and doesn't want outsiders. This is probably because the government wants the society to remain isolated so that can keep easily control people's thoughts. An outsider could bring in new ideals and thoughts which could compromise the government.

25: Y is for Youth | In this society, morality isn't taught. All of families are a total mess, desensitization is huge, and history and culture is being filtered by the government. Since morality isn't taught, most of the youth are corrupted, evil, and hate their families. Most kids end up forming gangs and committing crimes yet nobody tries to fix it.

26: Z is for Zealot | In the story, Montag becomes fascinated by books. He begins stealing books from "crime scenes" and adding them to his collection. Eventually he needs to escape since the firemen figure what he's doing. Faber leads him to other book zealots and together, they rebuild society.


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