Fahrenheit 451 and essay FINAL Flashcard Example #47334

Ray Bradbury dates
Born August 22, 1920, graduated 1938, died June 5, 2012
publication date
Bradbury quirks
did not trust computers or the internet, did not use ATM machines, never drove a car
Meaning of the book
less about censorship than our cultural obsession with television at the expense of the written word
science fiction
Salamander symbol
can live in fire without being consumed by it. symbolizes Montag not being consumed by world of technology
Hearth symbol
represents “home”
Seashells symbol
“artificial oceans” to artificial technology to artificial life
Guy Montag
protagonist, dynamic character
Captain Beatty
head fireman, knows his literature, pessimistic about lit’s contradictions, is killed by Montag
Professor Faber
Montag’s teacher, fully formed theory about lit/life
Mildred Montag
perfect example of the average joe in the society. (We need to understand the status quo to appreciate the deviation from it.) Foil to Clarisse. tries to commit suicide
loves nature, takes advantage of everything life gives her, gives Montag food for thought that gets the plot rolling.
man in the rebuilt society, optimistic, intelligent, inspiring to Montag
Postwar literature
1930s Nazi book burnings
Banning and censorship of books in the former Soviet Union and China
Thought control of totalitarianism
Political repression of totalitarianism
Loss of academic freedom
quote: books vs. society
“The books leapt and danced like roasted birds, their wings ablaze with red and yellow feathers. And then he came to the parlour where the great idiot monsters lay asleep with their white thoughts and their snowy dreams.” 110
quote: ways of society
“Those who don’t build must burn.” (85)
quote: unhappy Montag realizes things
“Fun is everything. And yet I kept sitting there saying to myself, I’m not happy, I’m not happy” (30)
quote: not building from the raw ground up, unnatural society
“We are living in a time when flowers are trying to live on flowers, instead of growing on good rain and black loam” (79)
quote: Torvald arguing that there are no duties for a woman besides being a wife/mother
“Before all else you are a wife and a mother” (43)
quote: unhappy Nora realizing things
“I lived by performing tricks for you, Torvald. But you would have it so. You and father have done me a great wrong. It is your fault that my life has come to nothing. Our house has been nothing but a play-room. Here I have been your doll-wife, just as at home I used to be papa’s doll-child” (42)
quote: Nora abiding by Torvald’s rules. macaroon symbol
You couldn’t possibly know
that Torvald had forbidden them. The fact is, he’s afraid of me spoiling my teeth. But, oh bother, just for once! (11)
Farenheit 451 vs. A Dolls House
Character need to escape their oppression in order to find fulfillment
Nora escapes Torvald
Montag escapes from society
candid- truthful
tenacity- sticks with the plan… set goal and follow…
stygian- dark
boycott- refuse
exacerbate- to make worse
posture (verb) (nora being a doll)- to put on a act
abysmal- very bad
debacle- disaster
doff- take off
diaphanous- delicate
mettlesome- spirited

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