Fahrenheit 451 Questions 1. Montag lives in a society where knowledge is limited. People go about their ordinary lives without asking questions or wondering why things are the way they are. It’s similar to our society in that you live your life, you get a job, and possibly get married, however, people seem less connected to each other. All of the relationships are dulled down because they live their lives robotically. One example that shows this is a dystopia are the operators that use the machine to revive Montag’s wife. Society has degraded so much that they need specialized machines for people who overdose. 2. Clarisse is special because she questions everything. Montag is receptive to her influence because his life is so repetitive that he unknowing yearns for someone or something to shake up his life and take him out of reality while also putting things into perspective. 3. I think the mechanical hound has been programmed to react to Montag because he’s different from the other guys and he doesn’t like betting on which animal gets killed first. 4. I think the woman chose to burn herself with her books to make a statement to show that books and knowledge are valuable and we can’t live a full life without them, so why should we live at all. 5. The point is to show what entertains Mildred and how that influences her. 6. It’s shocking and disturbing because his wife doesn’t seem disturbed or distraught about the situation at all. She doesn’t seem to have any sympathy for Clarisse or Montag, and she even forgot about it. This shows us that their society is raised without much empathy for others and that people aren’t as connected as they should be. 7. Montag gets sick and tries to avoid going to work because he can’t get the image of the lady burning with her books out of his mind and he wonders why books would be so important to someone that they would die for them. 8. It tells us that he possibly had some sense of regret in burning the books so he tried to save some. Montag’s hands seem to have a mind of their own because he acts without thinking. This means that contradicts himself and sometimes he doesn’t know what he’s doing or why and he has a thirst to know. 9. They value happiness above everything else and so they choose a way where nobody can be offended. They trade knowledge and opinions for peace where no one cares what anyone else thinks and no matter what, they’re always right. 10. I think she believes she’s happy because that’s all she knows. She doesn’t know the possibilities or what could be, so she sticks with what she has. I define happiness as a state of mind where you come across something positive and it gives you a sense of satisfaction. No, being happy isn’t always the most
important goal of life, having a purpose is.
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