Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury


2016 Pathways Summer Work

English Project

Hunter Harris

Introduction

17470674Guy Montag is a fireman in the book, Fahrenheit 451. He has a wife named Mildred, who he thought he loved, but she only has eyes for the whole-wall televisions. His boss, Beatty, is the head of the Fire Department, and accompanies the fireman on their journeys to people’s houses to burn their books. Montag meets Professor Faber, and the two team up to disrupt and destroy confidence in the fire department.

 

Resilience

Montag shows resilience throughout the story in many ways.

  • Faber has useful knowledge about books, and their power. He originally denies Montag’s request to be taught about them, but Montag wouldn’t take no for an answer. Eventually they met and discussed books, and a plan to change society.
  • Montag knows that if his books are found, he’d be in huge trouble. This, however, does not stop him from doing it, and even openly flaunting it, despite the risks.
  • At the end of the story, he was bitten in the leg by the mechanical hound, which numbed and disabled one of his legs. This did not stop him in escaping from the scene of the crime, and avoiding capture. He knew that it was life or death if he didn’t work through this hindrance.

Montag faltered, got a grip on the books, and forced himself not to freeze.

 

Conscientiousness

Montag shows conscientiousness throughout the story. Conscientiousness can be broken down into 3 categories:

  • Thorough
    • Montag is always sure to get all the books burned when he goes out on calls.
    • He hides books in the ceiling, in an air conditioner vent, behind metal, and finally in a slot, to ensure that they’re not found.
  • Careful
    • He hides his books elaborately, as indicated above.
    • He makes sure to cover his tracks when he goes to Faber’s house during his escape from the cops.
    • He knows he’s being chased at the end, so he tries to throw the hound off with a false sense.
  • Vigilant
    • Used seashell to keep note of where the police were in his chase
    • Had Faber burn items that he touched to throw off the sent
    • Advised Faber to turn on AC to blow out scent
    • Took Faber’s old dirty clothes to mask his scent
    • Cleansed himself in the river

Respect

Montag shows respect to multiple characters throughout the story.

  • Faber
    • Montag respects Faber’s wisdom, knowledge, and experience.
      • Wisdom: Montag trusts that Faber knows what he’s doing and his guidance in their plan to change society.
      • Knowledge: Faber was an English professor, so obviously he was closely versed with books at one point in his life. Montag recognizes that and admires Faber for retaining so much of that knowledge, and being willing to share it with him after some persistence.
      • Experience: Montag respects Faber’s experience in the field of books. Faber knew about Shakesphere and the bible, and Montag respected him for knowing such authors and works.
  • Captain Beatty
    • Montag respects Beatty’s authority, and often follows him blindly, never asking questions until it’s too late.
    • On Montag’s last fire call, Beatty brought the fireman to Montag’s house. Montag goes to work every day, if he wasn’t just following blindly, he might have noticed that the alarm said to go to his address, or that they were taking the same route to his house that he does. He respected his authority and didn’t question it, if he did notice.
  • Clarisse
    • Montag admired and respected Clarisse’s ideas and ways of thinking about the world around her. He admired her open minded nature and curiosity about everything. He respects that she chose to be different from the rest of her friends and social groups, and do things because she wanted to, not because that’s what everyone else did.

He stopped walking, “You are an odd one,” he said, looking at her. “Haven’t you any respect?”