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Farenheit 451 Final Project


1. The first major event in the novel comes when Montag meets
Clarisse; her unusual words and thoughts turned on the real
thinking in him, making him wonder about his role in life. Montag
begins to wonder how a person like Clarisse can be so different,
and yet he feels a deep connection with her.
2. The second major event comes as Montag returns home from
work; he finds his wife Mildred passed out on the floor from a pill
overdose and calls emergency services. He wonders if it was
intentional, and if so, why; what is it about her life, seemingly so
perfect, that caused her to try and commit suicide? This event,
along with the first, breaks Montag from his easygoing obedience.
3. A third major event comes when Montag goes to burn a
houseful of books; the women inside refuses to leave, and rather
than submit to the government-sanctioned burning, lights a
match and burns herself along with the books.

There are quite a few other major events, but these three early
events are the most important in setting the stage and starting
the rising action of the novel.
The conversation
Me- Hello, may I speak to Ray Bradbury?
Ray- Hi there, it is Ray indeed, who is there?
Me- Hi Ray, I am your college friend Ayushi, remember?
Ray- Oh yes! I remember you, how are you these days? Did not
heard from you for so long.
Me- I know, it has been a while, and anyways you are just too
busy to speak with me, because you were busy writing novels,
and by the way I didnt know that you write novels.
Ray- Oh well, actually it just happened and I ended up writing
novels, which one did you read?
Me- Fahrenheit 451, it is really inspiring, Great Job Ray.
Ray- I am glad you liked it.
Me- How did you come to write Fahrenheit 451?
Ray- My babies were being born and my house was getting full of
children and I had no money to rent a house, so I started
wandering around the city for some cheap rent houses, and
during my search I found a library and realized that is was the
best place to write my novel and from then I had always been
going there to write Fahrenheit 451 and in 9 days I was done.
Me- Wow! Ray you have such experience behind such a famous
book no one could have ever guessed it. I am glad you shared it
with me but how did u get the idea for Fahrenheit 451?
Ray- Well, actually I had read some books in that library and those
were about those people who have got no respect for books and
thats I when I thought I will write the same story but with a
different ending.

Me- Great! Now lets move to the book, Did you think of this book
from the beginning about the growth, the transformation of
Montag's character?
Ray- Well to be honest No, Everything just has to happen because
it has to happen. The wonderful irony of the book is that Montag is
educated by a teenager. And Montag is attracted to her romantic
and silly thoughts.
Me- Oh! I get it now. What do you think the turning point is in this
novel, in terms of making Montag come into his new life?
Ray- Well, when Mrs. Hudson is willing to burn with her books.
That's the turning point, when it's all over and she's willing to die
with her books and that attraction with the books had totally
changed the thinking of Montag.
Me- Great thinking! Thanks for your time Ray I better be get going
otherwise you will get really annoyed with my questions, Bye.
Ray- No ways, not at all, it was fun sharing my experience with
you. Bye.
1. When Faber is talking with Montag he says,
"Do you know the legend of Hercules and Aneaeus, the giant
wrestler, whose strength was incredible so long as he stood firmly
on the earth? But when he was held, rootless, in midair by
Hercules, he perished easily." (pg 83)
2. . When the woman comes out of her house and says,
"Play the man, Master Ridley: we shall this day light such a candle
by God's grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out." (pg

Later, on page 40, Beatty explains to Montag that those words

were spoken by a man named Latimer to Nicholas Ridley as they
were being burnt alive at Oxford for heresy on October 16, 1555.
The woman said it just before she killed herself in the flames.
3. "....when Mildred ran from the parlor like a native fleeing an
eruption of Vesuvius" (pg 93)
Vesuvius was a famous volcano that erupted in AD79 destroying
the city of Pompeii and all of its residents.
4. "Colored people don't like Little Black Sambo. Burn it. White
people don't feel good about Uncle Tom's Cabin. Burn it." (pg 59)
These are allusions to two famous books. Little Black Sambo was
criticized for racism toward black children. Uncle Tom's Cabin is an
antislavery book written by Harriet Beecher Stowe that would
upset white people.
5. There is the famous reference to the phoenix, the bird that
burned himself every few hundred years but,
"....every time he burnt himself up he sprang out of the ashes, he
got himself born all over again." (pg 163)
The phoenix was a symbol on his fireman's shirt.