Compare and contrast conformity and individuality as presented in Fahrenheit 451.
Discuss how Montag's changing perception of fire mirrors his personal development.
Name the three parts of Fahrenheit 451 and explain how they are relevant to their respective content.
Analyze Captain Beatty. Is he truly an idealogue in support of censorship or is he hiding an allegiance to freedom of expression? Use specific examples from the text in your argument.
Analyze Mildred Montag. Is she truly happy leading a life blind to reality? Use specific examples from the text in your argument.
Symbols are very important in Fahrenheit 451. Name three specific symbols and outline their references and meanings throughout the novel.
Discuss the complexities of Bradbury's message. Is he against all forms of censorship? Do you think a society such as this could ever truly exist? What aspects of this society does Bradbury appear to detest the most?
Compare and contrast Mildred and Clarisse. How did each woman come to exist? What roles do they play in society? Can either truly survive?
Discuss the role of nature in Fahrenheit 451, with specific references to animals and water.
Follow Montag's ideological progression. Where does it truly begin and what are the most important instances that spur its growth?
Discuss the blurred distinction between life and death in Fahrenheit 451, referring to Mildred, Clarisse, and the life-like machines that dominate society.
As you might expect from a novel about burning books, there’s a whole lot of fire in Fahrenheit 451. We’re not just talking about the burning houses, either. When people are angry, they’re burning with rage inside. When Montag senses Clarisse’s presence, it’s because he feels body heat. When Granger and Co. pick themselves up after the bombing, we get the image of a phoenix rising up from the ashes. This imagery is all over the place.
Fire seems to mean a lot of different things at different moments in Fahrenheit 451. Beatty and his fireman minions use it to destroy. But the woman whose house they burn interprets it another way: "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." For her, it represents strength. Montag himself discovers an alternative use for fire at the end of the novel, when he realizes that it can warm instead of destroy. Like that whole cycle of life thing, fire has a constructive and destructive half. And like the books that are burned, each character in the novel is forced to interpret for themselves and confront contradictory perspectives – just like Beatty said about the books.