Fahrenheit 451 pages 1- 7:
Clarisse McClellan is a kind, peculiar girl that starts off as the mysterious neighbor of Montag. She has a brief, yet crucial part in opening Montag's eyes before she becomes an ideal herself. Because before her (and as the book opens), he thinks this:
"It was a pleasure to burn."
As the change in Montag occurs as the fire does to a book, he learns that it "was" just a pleasure. Because throughout the book, he becomes slowly consumed by the idea that he is going to be consumed by the fire that he used to create. He also realizes that he is not happy with who he is and what he does. However, none of this would have been possible if he had not allowed himself to take Clarisse's words to heart as well as open his own eyes to what is going on. (Luckily, he was not snuffed out for his message as Clarisse was for hers.)
Fahrenheit 451 pages 51- 58, 103- 4, & 107- 13:
The most infamous subject of Farenheit 451 is the book burning. The book's title is a reference to the temperature of the fire that burns the books. History has many moments of books burning, often for political uses, personal statements, or in most cases, religious purposes, often destroying other books that blaspheme.
1.) What does book burning signify?
2.) Why do the firemen burn books?
3.) If Beatty has this vast knowledge about books, why does he work to burn them?
4.) Why does Beatty believe that books divide people?
5.) Are there forms of censorship occurring today like in Farenheit 451?
1.) What is the inherent meaning of "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" ("Who watches the Watchmen?")?
2.) What is the definition of a distopia?
1.) Would you risk your own safety for your ideals?
2.) How important are books to you? Do you have something of importance that influences your life?
3.) How important is freedom of speech in our own society?
4.) Are you happy with your life and beliefs as well?
5.) Why does the character Beatty know so much about books?
6.) Do you think Beatty wanted to die? Why or why not? (How can this be related to Socrates situation?