Fahrenheit was a very interesting book talking about the future.
Summary Analysis As the novel begins, Guy Montag is taking an intense pleasure in burning a pile of books on a lawn. It's his job—he's a fireman.
He loves the way things look when they burn and the way he feels when he burns them. When he's done, he returns to the fire station, changes out of his equipment including his helmet with the number on itand takes the subway to his stop.
The opening plunges you into the different world of the novel. The job of the fireman is the opposite of what we expect—firemen set fires. Montag, the protagonist, likes his job. He seems happy, and he doesn't appear to think there's anything wrong with burning books.
She introduces herself as Clarisse McClellan, a new neighbor, and asks if she can walk home with him.
She notes that Montag is a fireman, and says that she isn't afraid of him and tells him that fireman used to put out fires rather than start them.
Montag finds Clarisse fascinating, but she also makes him nervous. For some reason she reminds him of an early memory of candlelight. Based on Montag's reactions to Clarisse, it's clear that she's unconventional simply for engaging him in conversation, but also for the things she knows. Montag's memory of candlelight seems to symbolize the flickering self-awareness that Clarisse awakens in Montag.
Active Themes Clarisse says that in her family people actually walk places, in contrast to people in their jet cars who don't know what the world looks like.
She says that she doesn't take part in the entertainments that her peers do. When she tells him that there's dew on the grass in the morning, Montag suddenly isn't sure if he knew that.
When they reach Clarisse's house, all the lights are on because her family is still up talking. She asks Montag if he's happy, then runs inside before he can answer. The fact that everything about Clarisse is strange to Montag reveals a lot about normality in this society.
People are rarely out or even awake at night, they rarely walk anywhere or notice everyday aspects of the natural world, and no one seems to have deep meaningful conversations.
Of course he's happy. But the image of Clarisse's face stays with him, reminding him of doubts he keeps in a hidden place within him—his "innermost trembling thought. Upon entering the cold, dark silence of his bedroom, which the narrator compares to a tomb, Montag realizes that he is not, in fact, happy.
His wife, Mildred, is stretched out as usual on her bed, with radio earplugs called "Seashells" filling her ears with sound.
Montag accidentally steps on an empty bottle of sleeping pills on the floor and remembers that the bottle had contained 30 pills earlier in the day. He flicks on a hand-held igniter and sees that Mildred is pale and barely breathing. The description of the bedroom as a cold, empty tomb with separate beds suggests that Montag's marriage with Mildred is dying.
Notice also the contrast between Montag and Mildred: Montag admits to himself that he is unhappy, but Mildred avoids acknowledging her unhappiness and instead overdoses on sleeping pills.
Active Themes Suddenly, a squadron of jet bombers rips through the sky overhead, shaking the house with a supersonic roar. The bombers suggest a threat of war, and that this is a society capable of great violence.
Active Themes Montag calls the hospital. Two technicians arrive with machines—one to pump out Mildred's stomach, the other to replace her blood with fresh, clean blood. The pump is also equipped with an Eye, a device that allows the machine's operator to clean out of the melancholy from a patient.
The technicians chatter while they work, and Montag grows more upset. The fact that technicians, rather than doctors, come to revive Mildred's indicates that suicide is very common in this society. The technicians use their machines to suck all the sadness out of a person and simply dispose of it like trash.
No one addresses or even acknowledges the underlying causes of unhappiness.
Active Themes Montag watches Mildred as color returns to her cheeks.Set in the twenty-fourth century, Fahrenheit introduces a new world in which control of the masses by the media, overpopulation, and censorship has taken over the general population.
The individual is not accepted and the intellectual is considered an outlaw. Television has . Fahrenheit vs. Good Night, and Good Luck I have recently read Fahrenheit and watched the movie Good Night, and Good Luck. Fahrenheit was a very interesting book talking about the future.
Fahrenheit vs. Good Night, and Good Luck I have recently read Fahrenheit and watched the movie Good Night, and Good Luck. Fahrenheit was a very interesting book talking about the future.
Fahrenheit vs. Good Night, and Good Luck I have recently read Fahrenheit and watched the movie Good Night, and Good Luck.
Fahrenheit was a very interesting book talking about the future. The movie Good Night, and Good Luck was about broadcasting and communism.
Fahrenheit vs. Good Night, and Good Luck I have recently read Fahrenheit and watched the movie Good Night, and Good Luck. Fahrenheit was a very interesting book talking about the future. The movie Good Night, and Good Luck was about broadcasting and communism. The Mechanical Hound is one of the more chilling parts of the world of Fahrenheit It's one of the firemen's terrible weapons, but it's supposed to be without personality or motive—a machine that attacks only what it is programmed to attack.