Fahrenheit 451 help with homework
1. Montag comes to learn that “firemen are rarely necessary” because “the public itself stopped reading of its
own accord.” Bradbury wrote his novel in 1953: To what extent has his prophecy come true today?
2. Clarisse describes the past that Montag has never known: one with front porches, gardens, and rocking chairs.
What do these items have in common, and how might their removal have encouraged Montag’s repressive
3. “Don’t look to be saved in any one thing, person, machine, or library,” Faber tells Montag. “Do your own bit
of saving, and if you drown, at least die knowing you were headed for shore.” How good is this advice?
4. One of the most significant of the many literary allusions in Fahrenheit 451 occurs when Montag reads
Matthew Arnold’s poem “Dover Beach.” What is the response of Mildred’s friends, and why does Montag kick
them out of his house?
5. It may surprise the reader to learn that Beatty is quite well read. How can Beatty’s knowledge of and hatred
for books be reconciled?