Friday, November 2, 2007

Fahrenheit 451 Questions 136-165


kristinah said...

Cool, I have never been first on the blog before. Here I go with my last required blogging 451 questions!

1)On page thirty six, montag is leaving Fabers house but he still takes a moment to feel the rain on his face in all of the business of running away. "He carried a few drops of rain with him on his face." Why do you thing that Bradburry specifically notes this at that time?

2)What is the significance of the constant refering to insects? What do they simbolize???

3)How do the people that are watching the chase on TV know that this in something more than just another TV show? Also, isn't it interesting how they did whatever the TV told them to do without resistance. It told them to get up and everyone open their doors at the count of 10, noone stopped to think about it they just did it.

4)On the bottom of page 141, why does he suddenly start thinking of Millie again??

5)On page 145, Montag is walking on the tracks and he suddenly thinks that Clarisse once walked there. Did I miss something where she told him that or why does he think that??

6)Pg.147 the campers give montag some sort of bitter liquid to drink. Where did they get that, what is it, why does montag trust them in drinking it he doesnt even know who they are yet?

7)Just a comment, It is funny that granger says the he realized he was not crying for the person himself that dies but for what the person did and I realized that we often do that to. Think about it.

8) Now that the war is over, why can he now remember where he met millie??

9)At the endish of the book they start referencing to mirrors alot. One time with a mirror vesus a crystal ball and another time with them wanting to build a mirror factory and take a long look in them. What does a mirror signify??

Sorry that is a lot of questions but ohh well.

lesliel said...

1) What does Montag's memory about the farm say about how his family might have been different than the rest of the society?

2) on page 140: "...going away from the people who ate shadows for breakfast and steam for lunch and vapors for supper." What is the symbolism in this quote?

3) Do you think that Montag and Granger and the other people who live in the wild will eventually rewrite the books they have memorized?

ParkerH said...

Kristina, you didn't beat me by much. Someone will probably blog in between though. Anyways, here's my questions.

1. Why can cars only go about 100 or so mph, but the planes go 5000 mph? I mean, our cars now can go at least 100, but our planes are nowhere near that. Wouldn't things increase similarly in speed?

2. Why does Montag's new friends keep saying that they are not more important than anyone else. Why does he say this? I think that they are a bit more important than the others.

3. When the city is being bombed, why does Montag forget that Clarisse is dead and worry about her?

4. How on earth do they get a working portable television? Do they just sneak arounnd town?

maddieh said...

1. Are the people in the country detached like the people in big cities are?

2. Why does Montag always have memories of his childhood? What is the purpose of that?

3. On page 144, why are all the analogies about food?

4. On page 165, what is the quote about the tree from and what is it's importance to the story??

alexf said...

1. What do you think now about Mildred and Montag's relationship? Montag kept thinking about "poor Millie," yet then said he wouldn't cry! Did he suddenly love her just to keep falling out of love with her?

2. Do you think that there is any significance that just hours ago Montag killed Beatty, and they the war started and everyone else in the city was killed?

3. What kind of characteristics do you think it takes to have so much information, not share it because people aren't ready, and yet help them rebuild their city while thinking "I'm not important"? Do you think they are being strong for not sharing their knowledge of the books, or weak?

alexf said...

Also, one last question. What is the significance that Montag is a company that produces paper and Faber is a type of pencil?

elisabethc said...

1) Why was Montag so astounded when he first stepped ashore after he had been carried in the river? Is there any symbolism involved with him exiting the river?

2) How does the quote, "And the war began and ended in that instant," connect with what was occuring throughout the whole book.

3) Judging from the way the book ended do you think that Montag will go and completely change the future with his new friends?

4) Why was Montag so confused when Granger told him that he was a book and so were all of the other men that were with him?
5) Also, wasn't it interesting that Montag remembered where he and Millie met right before she was killed in the explosion? Does that have any symbolism?

maddief said...

Leslie, good point. I think the fact that his family even took the time to go visit a farm shows how different his childhood probably was than others'.

1. Why would they burn the books? I know that it prevents the books from being found, but what if someone forgot part of a book? It would be lost.

2. How does Montag's feelings of books differ from Granger's and the other men's?

3. When a slate is cleared, is all evidence of it completely gone? After the cities were bombed, how much of the culture and society survived? Will people still be opposed to books?

chelseas said...

My questions for pages 136-165 were…

1. When Montag referred to the fire, and how the sun created life, I was wondering if he had ever thought of this before then. Did Clarisse give him this idea, or was it Granger?

2. What made Montag suddenly remember where he had met Mildred?

3. How is the relationship between the insects and the amphibians similar, and reoccurring throughout this book?

4. When Montag talked about the farm house, it made me wonder if they were different from the rest of society.

5. Does Montag have the same feeling or sense of books that the other men in the forest have?

mattf said...

Here are my questions:

1. Is the government really so intent on always being right that they will kill an innocent man just so it looks like they killed Montag? Also, does our government or any government in the world do this?

2. How did the group of strays get a portable tv and make it work?

3. Will the survivors of the bomb (if there are any) accept books now that everything is destroyed, or will they kill Montag and his group?

4. Who is this country fighting and did the bombings happen all across their country, destroying every major city?

morganw said...

1) When Montag is day dreaming about what it would be like to sleep on a farm for the night he makes references to Clarisse. Do you think Bradbury wants us to believe that Clarisse is still alive and out there somewhere?

2)When Montag is thinking of what must be happening to Millie at the time of the bombing, did anyone else think that it was a little anticlimatic? It seemed to me that she should have had a moment of realization before the bombs hit. Do you think that Bradbury wrote it this way specifically to make a point of how child-like Montag's society really is?

3)Starting on the bottom of page 140 to the middle of page 141 Montag makes a startling realization that the sun was burning enough for everyone and therefore there was no need to burn anything down on earth. At the end of the last paragraph there is a line "now the guild of the asbestos weaver must open shop very soon" What does that mean or represent in relation to the burning and lack of minorities in their world?

whitneys said...

1. What is the symbolism between the land and the water? Why does Montag feel so safe in the water?

2. Why does Montag picture Clarisse in the barn house window?

3. The word hands is mentioned so many times in this chapter. Granger talks about his grandpa touching things and leaving his mark on the world with his actions. Do our actions really define us and without them would be just like everyone else? Is is true that when we die people really don't miss us, but miss what we did?

amyw said...

1. Why does Montag keep comparing the events he's experiencing to a game? First it was a carnival (which is sort of a game), and then he called it a chess game...why?
2. I noticed about how they thought that people walking alone were odd in this this Bradbury's way of connecting this society to the one in the Pedestrian? Are they actually the same society?
3. Did Montag imagine the farm scene or was it real?
4. How did Montag know that Clarisse had also walked along the railroad tracks?
5. The end of this book confused me a lot and I'm wondering if there was a bomb dropped and everyone was killed except Montag and the group he was with? This is what it seemed like but I could be wrong...

macm said...

1)Why does Bradbury repeat certain phrases? Just for emphasis or to make Montag seem a certain way?
2)How did Montag know that Clarisse had walked there? Was it because of the leaves and the way Clarisse described things?
3)Why does he want the pear, apple and milk?
4)Why does Montag remember that he and Mildred met in chicago at the moment she died? What good will it do now?
5)When the men talk about why they cry or don't cry for people, Montag said he wouldn't cry for Mildred, so why is he so distressed when the bomb hits the town and probably kills her?

catem said...

Well here are my final questions on Fahrenheit 451.

1.When Montag is trying t o remember Mildred, he says, "'...I think of her hands but don't see them doing anything at all. They just hand there at her sides or they lay there on her lap or there's a cigarette in them, but that's all.'" What does this show about the society? Why are hands emphasized so much? How are Mildred's hands different from Montag's? What does the cigarette symbolize about their society?

2. What do the bombs symbolize? How does all the violence affect the community? How is the same thing happening in our community today?

3. Do you think that Clarisse and Faber are still alive?

4. If you read the after word, there was a play about 451, and they added some scenes toclarify some questions. In this version, Montag went to Beatty's apartment and found thousands of books, yet Beatty said that he hadn't read any of them. He said that when he was younger he would devour books, but one day after all the bad stuff in the world finally caught up with him, the words on teh page meant nothing to him. Why do you think that TV is prefered over books in their society, and possibly in our society today? How does not having to think comfort you?

5. I heard from someone that when you watch TV it kills brain cells. Could this be why this society is so sucessful? It takes an extremely long time for brain cells to grow back. Could the reason that no one rebels, is because they lack the brain power to do so?

catem said...

Sorry my questions are so long. :)

KatherineM said...

1. What does Montag remember that he and Mildred met in Chicago when the bombs are dropped?

2. The group at the end of the Fahrenheit 451 each had one book memorized. If you could only read or have one book memorized, what would it be?

3. Do you think Faber died in the bombing?

BrianC said...

1. Why does the hound go after the other guy/why did they set it to do so?

2. Do you think it's true that you can recall anything you've read if it's triggered like it's stored in your brain somewhere?(Like in Meet the Robinsons)

3. Why do Montag and the other outcasts turn back and go towards the city after the city is destroyed?

4. Do you think the people in that society will ever get out of the cycle described by Granger?

josed said...

1. How can such an apathetic people get thrown into a nuclear war?

2. What is the significance of the Bible quote?

3. What does Montag mean when he says the sun burns time?

4. How does Granger compare to Beatty?

melissaz said...

1) What would the result be if the government did not allow "the outcasts" to survive? What would have happened if the government felt the need to control everyone, no matter what? What if Montag and Granger, and Faber, all of those people were tracked down and killed? Why didn't the government kill them all?

2) Was the whole reason the government was trying to track down Montag, for publicity? Was it to make the government seem all powerful and right, traking down a killer? They didn't even find Montag, they killed an innocent man to keep the audiences' attention!

3) Who bombed their city, who destroyed it? Is the whole world destroyed or just Montag's community? Where is Montag going to go now?

aaronw said...

1. How did the hound attack the other guy if they programmed it to get Montag?
2. The people don't sound very religious... then why do they hold the bible with such high significance?
3. Who are they exactly at war with? and it was an A-Bomb, right?
4. Last, whats with the mirrors at the end? schwaa?

Lukez said...

1) Do you think that Faber survived? Did all the things about the alcohol really stop the hound forever?
2) When Montag talked about the sun, do you think he had ever thought like that before?
3)What does it mean that Montag can remember where he met Mildred only after he learned the war ended?

maddisonm said...

1) I have similar question to melissaz- Who bombed the city? Was it the government? Did the bombing happen throughout the world?
2) Are there any events that occurred in our history in which we have had to rebuild our community?
3) What is the significance of the mirror?
4) Why might Clarisse have walked the trails that Montag walked?
5) How long do you think the community could have survived the way it was?

morgant said...

1) Why are all of those random guys just sitting out there on the railroad? Were they getting chased too?

2) Why is Montag all of a sudden sad about Mildred? He asked himself why Mildred was so empty. He wondered if he even loved her anymore, so why does he miss her?

3) Will the government keep searching for Montag, because surely they must know that random guy wasn't Montag.

amandah said...

1. What happened to all the people in the city?

2.Did Faber get away?

3.What made Montag remember where he met Mildred and why?

clarao said...

Why did the river make Montag feel so relaxed?

What will happen to Montag with this new group of people?

Why did the group of people hunting Montag fell like they had to look like they captured Montag and made a fake capture?

alyssas said...

1. Did anybody understand the symbolism in the quote about the sun burning time?
2. Do you think the old men's plan to rewrite the books will work?
3. Do you think anybody in the city survived the bombing?

beckyg said...

1. On page 140 where it says "...going away from the people who ate shadows for breakfast and steam for lunch and vapors for supper," do you think this is in reference to the fact that society is not really living, they are just there?

2. Why didn't the government kill everybody involved? Why were they ok to let Montag and everyone to survive and live as outcasts?

3. Why, once it doesn't matter, does Montag finally remember where he and Mildred met? Why is this so important if she is dying?

katyj said...

1)Do you think that Montags vision of what happened to Mildred is correct?
2)What was the meaning of Granger's comment about the mirror factory?

hannahl said...

1. On 145 Montag mentions the fire warming instead of burning. What revelation did Montag just have about human nature, and the interpretation of evil?

2. I love when Montag talks about how the only way for him to touch the world is to take it all in and let it touch him. This is beautiful. What do all these reversals of thinking show about the human mind? How can we utilize that right now?

3. On 140 Montag talks of the unreality of the past life, but the even more unreal reality of this natural state, what does he mean by this?

4. Faber told Montag that it was not the books, but what was inside them that mattered. Later, Granger says similar things about how it is not the books, or the words that matter, but the memories, and touching something so that your soul may live on. What does this say about the possibility of a true extinction of the human race, could it ever really happen?

jordanh said...

What a great and metaphorical ending to 451. I really loved this book, and i always dreaded putting it down.

1. Do you think Montag was sad when Mildred die?
2. What is the recurring action Montag's brain makes after huge things happen?
3. Why do you think that Montag is joining thte gang of professors and writers?
a. Does he fit in?

ZachH said...

1.) When Montag is leaving Faber's house, he takes a moment to feel the rain on his face. In the beginning of the book, Clarisse walks in the rain and feels it on her face. How does this is bringing Montag's transformation into challenging the system full circle?

2.) Before Montag jumps in the river, a public service announcement goes out that everyone should get out of their house and look for him. What does this symbolize to you?

3.) In your opinion, is Granger a nessicary character? In my opinion, when a character is introduced in the last 30 pages, he can't be that signifcant. What do you think?

alexd said...

How did Montag feel when Mildred dies?
Who dropped the bomb?

rsabey said...

1. ok so this was a little confusing so i was wondering if you guys have any ideas about what the scolars and "outcasts" stand for?
2. So I was thinkin that maybe the michanical hound stands for our concience or the devil I am kind of confused about it do you guys have any Ideas?
3. on the last page the quote about the tree of life was really powerful, it seems that nature is a reoccuring theme of life and a new start how do you guys fell about that? Did anyone else notice the same thing?

NickB said...

1) does the bomb going off in the city connect with Noah and the ark in the bible?

2) what meaning does water take on in this section of the book.

3) why is montag so important that the government tells every one gets out of their houses to try and find him?

mitchl. said...

what would have happened if the police didn't find someone as a scapegote for them to kill instead of Montag?

nicolek said...

What did everyone think about the ending? did it leave you wondering about anything?

Why do you think at the end they let Montag lead the way to where ever they were going?

What do you think would happen to them? Would they attempt to rebuild the cities?

mattw said...

Why is it that in most books and movies and TV shows, the person who always "followed the crowd" (Mildred) ends up dying, but instantly before, they realize their "mistakes"?

Why did Montag want to save that last poem for noon?

ARe the seive and the Sand, and the hearth nad the salamander related? (ex: can the salamander represent the seive?)

ashleyf said...

1. Think about the feeling Montag had when he was floating away from the society. What do you think was going thriugh his head?

2.What do you think they will do with thier lives no that they have gotten away from the society?

3.Do you think maybe these intellectual men had once known Faber?