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Ray Bradbury's 'Fahrenheit 451'

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1. The forces acting on Montag are Clarisse and his society. Clarisse is the force that helps Montag realize his dilemma.
2. As Montag sees it, his dilemma is that he’s not happy. As the reader sees it, Montag’s dilemma is that he’s realizing that something is not right with his society.
3. The significance of Montag seeing himself in Clarisse’s eyes is that he sees himself in detail and really looks at her, and he begins to feel comfortable with Clarisse. It also causes him to recall a memory of his mother.
4. The implication of the memory and the wish is that Montag and his mother were not very close. There was a power failure, and Montag and his mother were sitting together by the light of a candle and Montag felt close to his mother.
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1.) Peculiar-something that is different than most others 2.) Peculiar-strange, odd, or unusual 1.) According to my society, the McClellans aren’t peculiar. By my definition however, the McClellans are peculiar because they act different from other people in the novel. 2.) According to the society in Fahrenheit 451, the McClellans are peculiar because the uncle drove 40 miles an hour on a highway and her uncle was a “pedestrian” one time, they have all their lights on at night, and they stay up late just talking (pages 6 and 7).
7. The final question that Clarisse asks Montag is “Are you happy?”(Bradbury 7) This question is important because it sets the story in motion. Montag begins to think deeper and question things.
8. The extended simile is that she “had a very thin face like the dial of a small clock seen faintly in a dark room in the middle of a night when you waken to see the time and see the clock telling you the hour and the minute and the second, with a white silence and glowing, all certainty and knowing what it has to tell of the night passing swiftly on toward farther darkness, but backing also toward a new sun”. (Bradbury
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Montag feels angry about his house burning. I know this because he burns Beatty with the flamethrower (page 113).
25. While fleeing from the sight of Beatty’s murder, Montag thinks that Beatty wanted to die.
26. Their explanation is that everything was saving up, just waiting for the right moment, and the moment finally came. I think this is a logical explanation for the timeline because, in my experience, when you start realizing things, you save them up until the right thing happens that makes you explode. This is the usual thing that happens for people, so I think their explanation is logical.
27. Montag’s impressions of the land across the river are that there are many smells. He mentions potatoes, carnations, and touching a plant and his fingers smelling of licorice. I don’t really think his impressions are accurate; I think he is just happy to be on land and “safe”.
28. Granger’s explanation after Montag complained about not being able to remember Mildred is that everyone must leave something behind that’s different because of them (page 149).
29. As Montag imaged them, the effects of the war are that the city stands tall and then crumbles and “dies” (page 153).
30. The promise at the end of the novel is that Montag will
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