Fahrenheit 451 Essay Prompts

1. How does Faber define the value of books? Does his definition of “quality” apply to media other than printed books? Do you think his definitions are accurate or not? Explain.

2. Discuss Montag’s relationship with Mildred. Is this a typical marital relationship in their culture? Discuss the role of family in the characters’ lives, particularly in relation to the TV parlor “families” and their nature and function.

3. Describe Clarisse’s effect on Montag and her function in the novel. How and why does she change him? Why does she vanish from the novel?

4. Discuss the use of quotations from literature in Fahrenheit 451. Which works are quoted and to what effect? Pay specific attention to “Dover Beach,” the Bible, and quotes from Shakespeare.

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What was the Inspiration of Ray Bradbury into writing Fahrenheit 451?

The future world of dictatorship highly scared Ray. Dictatorship motivated him to write this book. In this context he explains in the attempt of people trying to save their culture and history, the rebels memorize the works of the literature and philosophy in their books before the totalitarian state burns them. The crammed work by the rebels is not allowed in the dictated country.

In what category can this book lie?

This book can lie under different categories. It is a horror type. It is a horror type because, relating this book to a real life situation, it is very hypnotizing for individuals to attack your home and burn up everything without reason and insist on you doing what they ask. This novel also relates to with the life that Africans passed through as slaves. Slavery in the African land occurred when the White people entered their lands abducted them and burnt their houses.

What can be the rating of this book in a real life situation?

If I were to rate this book in context with a real life situation, I would give it ten out of ten. In the real life situation, this is one of the best novels ever written. This book explains a real life situation where dictators control the state. It gives the reader a view of what kind of life they would live if dictatorship were the form of governance in our era. In this case, we can identify knowledge of the kind of life we are to set for our future generations. For our survival and that of our future generations, we would need to have traits of Clarisse, Montag’s neighbor. The attitude and passion of self-liberation. Self-liberation is a step to us all liberating each other and freeing ourselves from slavery. Despite it being dangerous, when we work together, the dictatorship group cannot kill all the individuals. Fear should be a strength not a weakness in such situations.

Is Guy Montag an innocent individual?

In this novel, Montag works as a “fireman” since he burns up possessions of the people who read books that are not authorized by the totalitarian state. He works arrogantly without trying to see the truth on both sides. Montag is not innocent in this context. Montag burning people’s property is not right despite him not having knowledge on what exactly they are doing. Montag also noticed he was making mistakes in what he was doing. He saw this factor when his neighbor, Clarisse was missing. When the old woman in chapter one committed suicide by burning herself in her house, Montag started seeing that there was a problem which needed solving. He stole one of the books with an aim to read it to understand why the state did not allow the people to read this books.

Is Montag in the center of crime?

Montag begins at first as a fireman. His curiosity leads to him stealing many books with interest in reading it and recognizing what exactly is in the context. In knowing the content of the entire book, he decides to join the rebel group after his wife reports him to the state leaders. Most of the people around him associate with the crime which he did not understand initially.

Explain the reasons for Burning books in this context?

Burning books in this novel create fear amongst the people. Though it is not clear why they burn these books, we can see according to the text that individuals in this culture may lack an interest in reading making them hostile towards books. There being a natural influence to burn books shows a low-interest rate of understanding books. Their fear towards the state may also explain their reasons for burning books.

How is Blood a Thematic effect in the novel?

Montag has a feeling of blood circulate his body. It represents fear within people in the story. Mildred is having an irreplaceable self-hatred like the snake has bitten her making blood ooze. Blood represents the emptiness in her life.

In what context is Montag at the beginning of the novel a representative of humans in real life?

Montag’s traits replicate individuals who work for their employers without knowing what they do. In life, such people are dependent on money and do not care what effects they carry out towards the people. Such people live by not caring about others but only about themselves.

According to the fluctuation of Montag’s Traits in this novel can people change their habits?

Montag was at first a worker of the state. He identifies the effects his work, therefore, contributing towards people lives especially towards his neighbor Clarisse, led to him trying to understand the other part and determination of Clarisse in finding liberation. Him changing due to curiosity shows that any human being can change depending on the environment and people’s traits.

What was the effect of the old woman committing suicide to Montag?

The old woman who committed suicide when Montag and his workmates wanted to burn her house, increased Montag’s curiosity. Montag started caring and even felt sorry about the houses he had burnt down. He feigned sickness to think things through and later changed after identifying his behavior was bad.

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