Fahrenheit 451 – Characters, quotes, and questions Flashcard Example #48598

Montag
Main character, fireman who realizes his life is empty and finds meaning in the books that he is supposed to be burning, he tries to have better relationships
Faber
retired English professor who tries to change society who refers to himself as a coward, helps Montag
Clarisse
17 year old girl who introduces Montag to the world’s beauty, is an outcast from society
Mildred
Montag’s brittle sickly wife, obsessed with watching t.v., doesn’t talk to Montag about problems, committed suicide
Beatty
Captain of Montag and fire department, hates people who reads books
Granger
Leader of the book people, a group of hobo intellectuals who Montag found in the country, he is intelligent and committed to preserving literature
Clara Phelps
Mildred’s disconnected friend
“Fire purifies and leaves everything clean”
Beatty
“My family is real, they talk to me”
Mildred
“I am a cowardly lonely man”
Faber
“Have you ever noticed how rain tastes like wine?”
Clarisse
“We protect people and keep them happy”
Beatty
“Our only value is the book we contain”
Granger
“My uncle says people used to trust each other”
Clarisse
“I can’t stand those stupid women babbling about nothing”
Montag
What does Mildred forget to tell Montag
that Clarisse is dead
How does Clarisse die?
She was run over
Clarisse’s questions for Montag
1. Are you happy?
2. Did a fireman used to put out fires?
3. What made you become a fireman?
Montag and Mildred have been married for how long?
10 years
Why can Mildred read lips?
Seashells
Mildred’s means of escape
are her pills
Mildred’s reaction to her near death experience
She didn’t believe Montag
Describe Mildred’s family
they are the t.v. shows
What happens to the old woman in her house
she sets the house on fire and she dies
What does Montag do after Beatty leaves?
He reads
How long has Montag been a fireman
10 years
How does Montag convince Faber to help him
He shows him a copy of the Bible
Faber considers himself a
coward
What does Faber read to Montag
the book of Job
Denham’s Dentifrice scene: How does the commercial affect Montag’s ability to think
It’s too loud and distracting
How do Mildred and her friend react when Montag approaches holding a book
they were upset
Why is Montag afraid of Beatty
He is afraid of making a mistake that will get him in trouble/caught
What does Beatty quote before his death?
Julius Caesar
What is significant about the alarm/ride to Montag’s house?
Montag gets in the truck and realize that it stops at Montag’s house and Beatty is driving the truck
Who turns Montag in?
Mildred
Why do authorities arrest a pedestrian
as a scapegoat because they cannot find Montag
How is literature being preserved
memorization
What is Montag’s contribution to Granger’s group
He memorizes the Book of Ecclesiastes
Granger’s hope for the future is based on what?
He compares humanity to the Phoenix and says that it will rise from the ashes
What mythological character does Beatty compare Montag to?
Icarus
Why does Montag kill Beatty
because Beatty is trying to ruin Montag’s life
How many legs does the Hound have
8
Does Beatty want to die
Yes, because he stayed in the house and didn’t fight back
While in the forest what does Montag realize about the fire
That it can support life
What does Montag follow to reach the book people in the country
railroad tracks
What do the homeless men do before going to the city after the bombing
start a fire and cook breakfast
What was Montag/Faber named after
Montag printing co & Faber pencil company
In what city did Mildred and Montag meet
Chicago
Why are the homeless men important to the world?
They are preserving literature
What is Granger’s grandfather’s occupation?
a sculptor
Over what time period does this story take place?
days
The Mechanical Hound
A government control and manipulation of technology
Sieve and Sand
Montag’s efforts to learn as he reads
Sand
knowledge that alludes Montag
Sieve
Mind trying to make the knowledge permanent but it slips through
Fire
Destruction of books, people, society
Books
represent quality of life
salamander
symbol of firemen and name of the firetruck
Phoenix
infinity mythological birds that burst into flames but can be reborn again
death/suicide
escape of burden

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