Fahrenheit 451 Quote Analysis (directly from slideshow) Flashcard Example #35982

Clarisse McClelland

when: Clarisse says this while she and Montag talk one day. They discuss the society’s many ways that are different and at points frightening.

why: Clarisse is very different than most people. She cares about living her life in a world where people are honest with themselves.

“I’m antisocial, they say. I don’t mix. It’s very strange indeed. It all depends on what you mean by social, doesn’t it”
Clarisse McClelland
when: Clarisse says this after Montag and she talk in the rain about firemen and his history as a fireman.

why: Clarisse notices that Montag listens and tries to look at the world the way she describes it. She disagrees with the society, and her role is to tell the world, or maybe just a naive fireman, of what the society truly looks like without the makeup.

“You’re not like the others. I’ve seen a few; I know. When I talk, you look at me. When I said something about the moon, you looked at the moon, last night. The others would never do that.”

when: Captain Beatty says this to Montag as Montag lays in bed pretending to be sick.

why: Beatty believes in his role in society – to keep the country happy and take away the books. He gives the impression that he has seen it all before.

“Ask yourself, what do you want in this country above all? People want to be happy, isn’t that right? Haven’t you heard it all you’re life? I want to be happy, people say. Well, aren’t they? Don’t we keep them moving, don’t we give them fun?”

when: Captain Beatty says this after he finishes giving Montag a whole lecture on why society tells the firemen to burn the books.

why: Beatty agrees with, or in better words, he goes along with society’s wishes. He tells himself that the society makes the correct choices throughout the years. His role is to keep the order that the people want the government to keep.

“The important thing for you to remember, Montag, is we’re the Happiness Boys, the Dixie Duo, you and I and the others. We stand against the small tide of those who want to make everyone unhappy with conflicting theory and thought.”

when: Montag says this to Mildred when he takes time off from work because the woman who burns herself with her books impacts him.

why: Montag has regret for what he has done, and he finally feels sorrow for all the authors of the books. He realizes that it takes a long time and a plethora of thoughts to write books, but it takes him a single second to burn them.

“Last night I thought about all the kerosene I’ve used in the past ten years. And I thought about the books. And for the first time I realized that there was a man behind each one of the books. A man had to think them up.”

when: Mildred says this to Montag after he shows her all the books he has hidden behind the vent in their house.

why: Mildred is shallow and naive, only caring about her TV and the ‘family’. Her TV is precious and irreplaceable. Mildred can not be more oblivious to the society’s problems, and her role seems to be just to be another happy and naive person living in their fake society.

“He might come and burn the house and the ‘family.’ They tell me things: I laugh, they laugh! And the colors!”

when: Faber states this as he and Montag talk in Faber’s living room.

why: Montag sparks something in Faber.

“Do you know that books smell like nutmeg or some spice from a foreign land? I loved to smell them when I was a boy.”

when: Faber says this as he and Montag talk in his house, planning how they will stop the firemen from continuing to burn books.

why: Faber feels cowardice because he does not take action against the government, and he does not stand up for what he believes in. Faber’s role in society is to stop the madness, but as this quote shows, he feels that he fails

“Proof of my terrible cowardice. I’ve lived alone many years, throwing images on the walls with my imagination. Fiddling with electronics, radio transmission has been my hobby.”

when: Montag and Faber decide to spy on the firemen in the firehouse with Faber’s invention.

why: Faber thinks that by hiding behind an earpiece and for all the other things he has done and not done, that he is a coward.

“Go to the fire house when it’s time. I’ll be with you. Let’s listen….together ….We’ll give him a good show. Do you hate me for this electronic cowardice of mine?”

when: Professor Faber says this as he and Montag talk about the ban on books that occurs during Faber’s younger years. Faber admits that it is quite possible that if he and others may have been able to stop the directions society chooses to take, but instead, back then and now, he chooses to live in fear of the government.

why: Faber regrets not doing anything in the start of the book banning fiasco. He did not stand up against the injustices.
Now it is Faber’s chance to redirect the future.

“I feel I’m doing what I should’ve done a lifetime ago. For a while I’m not afraid. Maybe it’s because I’m doing the right thing at last.”

when: Granger says this when Montag first arrives at the campsite. At the moment Granger says this, they watch the TV broadcast about the capture of ‘Montag’.

why: Granger knows the government. He sees it all happen, and knows how the government operates to keep information locked up. Granger is one of the people in society that has a clue what the government is all about, and the tricks they do to keep the people happy.

“They’re faking. You threw them off at the river. They can’t admit it. They know they can only hold their audience so long.”

when: Granger is mad at the world for being idiots and not thinking, thus resulting in an atomic war. He has just watched the society explode.

why: Granger wants the society to evolve from their mistakes and fix them if they can. He wants the society to be better, not for it to get worse or stay how it is now. Granger’s role is to undo what the past has to done to their country and bring back knowledge one step at a time.

“Come on now, we’re going to build a mirror factory first and put out nothing but mirrors for the next year and take a long look in them.”

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