- main character
- Fireman; follows society rules; burns books
- Gets tired of emptiness in life; starts to read books for more meaning
- Regrets bad relationship with his wife
- beautiful seventeen
-year-old who introduces Montag to the world's beauty
- represents innocence and curiosity
- an outcast from society because of her odd habits, which include hiking, playing with flowers, and asking questions
- Killed in car accident
Teaches Clarisse about the beauty of life and knowledge in books
Kills herself because believes in the importance of books
- The captain of Montag's fire department
- He reads books but hates them and people who insist on reading them
- Montags wife- Obsessed with watching tv- Doesn't understand her husband- Tells on Montag then runs away
- Retired English professor
- Still owns books
- Feels he's a coward because he doesn't stand up to society
- Robotic dog controlled by firemen
- Kills people
- Leader of the intellectuals who Montag meets when he escapes city
- Explains to Montag that society's books are memorized by many citizens
"It was a pleasure to burn."
"I'm seventeen and I'm crazy. My uncle says the two always go together."
"There must be something in books, things we can't imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don't stay for nothing."
"Come off it. It doesn't like or dislike. It just 'functions.' It's like a lesson in ballistics. It has a trajectory we decide on for it. It follows through. It targets itself, and cuts off. It's only copper wire, storage batteries, and electricity."
"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."
"Do you know why books such as this are so important? Because they have quality. And what does the word quality mean? To me it means texture. This book has pores."
"That's the good part of dying; when you've got nothing to lose, you run any risk you want."
- Non-thinking society
- Life is scripted for people
Sieve and the Sand
Sieve -Filter/Sister, Human mind looking for truth Sand - The truth Montag is looking for about life
The cycle and rebirth of history and humans, especially Montag
An instrument with a meshed bottom, used for seperating coarse from fine parts of loose matter or for straining liquids
to deflected something, especially light, from a straight path
A burial place for the bodies or remains of many individuals
natrual or habitual tendencies
-deserving or causing hatred
a person made to take the blame for others
a heap or pile of wood used for cremating a corpse
A machine that works for the firemen and has been set to follow and dislike Montag. It doesn't have any feeling, and it barks and attacks Montag every time it sees him.
Explain the relationship of the title of the book to its meaning.
Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which a book burns
Explain some of the futuristic (fantastic) technological advances seen in the novel. How do they compare with some technologies in the current world.
Parlor wall, mechanical hound, ear radio transmitter