The Hearth and the Salamander
When does this story take place?
In the future, approximately 500 years from the time this book was written, around the year 2450. The story is set in the autumn.
What clue does the author offer to support his theory on page 4?
The author uses technology that doesn’t exist yet to support his theory. The example on page 4 would be:
*The silent air-propelled train slid soundlessly down its lubricated flue in the earth and let him out with a great puff of warm air onto the cream-tiled escalator rising to the suburb.*
On page 5 we know it is autumn when the author writes: “The autumn leaves blow over…..”.
What does Guy Montag do for a living?
He is a fireman. In this book, firemen start fires in houses to be able to burn the books inside them.
How does Guy feel about his job at the beginning of the novel? Find one sentence that supports your answer. (p. 3)
The main character is very happy with his job in the beginning of the novel as we can see in the first two lines: “It was a pleasure to burn. it was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed.”
Find a metaphor on page 3.
The mataphor found on page 3 is. “… with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world…..”
Find a metaphor on page 5.
The metaphor on page 5 is: ” her face was slender and milk-white, and in it was a kind of gentle hunger that touched over everything with tireless curiosity.”
(p. 5) Explain the symbolism of the girl’s “milk-white” face and white dress.
The girl’s face and dress are milk-white and this symbolises purity. She is only 17 years old and very pure. White also symbolises the girl’s frailty and femininity. It also serves as a contrast to the very dark nature of the novel.
(p. 9) Why do they have 200 foot-long billboards on the side of the highway?
The author explains this well when clarisse asks Montag. “Have you seen the two hundred-foot-long billboards in the country beyond town? Did you know that once billboards were only twenty feet long? But cars started rushing by so quickly they had to stretch the advertising out so it would last.”
(p. 9) What is Clariesse referring to when she talks about green, pink, white, and brown blurs?
Green blurs-she is referring to grass.
pink blurs-she is referring to rose gardens.
white blurs- she is referring to houses.
brown blurs- she is referring to cows.
(p. 10) What clue does the author give in order to describe human interaction in Guy’s world?
The author describes human interaction in Guy’s world as very superficial when he describes his apparently casual meeting with Clarisse as unusual. We know this when the author writes: “What a strange meeting on a strange night. He remembered nothing like it save one afternoon a year ago when he had met an old man in the park and they had talked…..”
(p. 11) The author describes Montag’s bedroom as cold, dark, and quiet. Find two words that support this statement.
(p. 14-15) Explain how Mildred was saved from certain death after overdosing on pills.
Mildred was saved by a couple of machinists. The first machine pumps out the poison with a tube that went into her stomach. It had a camera at the end of it that the operator looked through. The other machine served as a blood transfusion mechanism. It replaced the contaminated blood with new.
(p. 14-15) What is significant about the manner in which the “Operators” saved Mildred’s life?
The fact that it was the operators that saved Mildred in a very mechanical way, instead of doctors, shows us how evolved the technology has become. It is also significant in the sense that it is done in a casual manner and that it is very normal to do so in this world.