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Fahrenheit 451
1. Clarisse describes a 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 society?
This was a very interesting scene that vividly depicted a picture with just a couple of simple words. The lines that she acted were superb. Clarisse sat out side during the dark when montage walked by and noticed that this girl figured out who he was before she saw him she announced that “I can smell the kerosene of you. So you must be a fireman! Not the ones that used to put fires out like in the past but ones that start them”. He responded with “well this is my job”. She then preceded and look up in the sky and wondered to herself and asked Montage if he ever noticed the green grass, aroma of the flowers, etc. She then abruptly said, “What about those cars? Do you think they ever look down and think about this stuff”? Do you think they even notice it? I mean these cars drive so fast that they even needed to make the billboards larger. She said. there use to be a time when they were only 25 feet long but now days they are a 100. She asks Montage, “Did you ever look down and notice this”? He replied “No not really”.
The reason I depicted this scene is because it gives a lot of detail about the repressive society that is brainwashed to take pills, watch TV, and be anti-social. When Clarisse describes the scene with the front porches, gardens, and rocking chairs it reflects upon how life used to be. I believe that there is a lot of symbolic meaning to this. For example, when she talks about the gardens or flowers. I believe that this is the meaning of life. The reason I believe this is because gardens are full of life even if it is not human life, it depicts an image of being free to grow up in any direction you want and if adapting to its surroundings. Another example would be the rocking chair and front porch which symbolizes a social life. Think about it. When I used to live in Chicago individuals would always be on their front porches or relaxing with their friends on the steps socializing about life or even the gardens that they planted. But in Montages society there are no such thing and this only encourages individuals to hide under their rocks and step further from life and more towards a technological environment where their imagination is encapsulated and never set free.

2. 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?
I believe it was the scene after Montage dropped of the bible so that Faber can help teach him to understand how to read and understand what he is reading. Faber agrees because montage almost torches the bible and also gives Montage a 2-way radio. Montage leaves and gets home to see his wife and her 2 friends once again watching TV and gossiping about unethical things. This upsets montage very much but Faber can hear everything and asks him to be patient and relax. Montage can’t and suddenly pulls out a book and tells them he is about to read the book. Faber tells him not to be an idiot. Montage proceeds by reading the poem as he reads the poem, Faber is reciting it by heart. But while reading the poem mid way thru it all three woman start to cry and yell at Montage for causing them so much pain that they tell him that is why all the books get burnt because they cause pain and suffering. So Montage gets more upset and tells them to get out of his house, Mildred gets emotional and starts downing a bunch of pills and saying cheers to all her friends and the hound or beast.

3. How does the destruction of books lead to more happiness and equality, according to Beatty?
Does his lecture to Montag on the rights of man sound like any rhetoric still employed today?

When it came to the character Captain Beatty it is very hard realizing whether he is the antagonist or both (at least from the play). Before I answer the question I want to say that the reason I believe this is because the way Beatty vocalizes his words and uses language that can be read from books it made me think. Does he read the books? Later on during one of the scenes I came to a conclusion that he does. Why well because when Beatty takes Montage to his home he talks about his wife dying in a way that seems like it came from a novel. He than seems like he hides the fact that he doesn’t miss them because everything in his house talks to him. So they walk thru hi home and Beatty tells him that his greatest accomplishment was this and suddenly multiple carts of books come out. Montage is surprised and asks him how he has so much books and isn’t it illegal. Beatty says it is only illegal to read them.
My second conclusions to why I believe Beatty reads the books is because it seems like he thinks he is better than everyone. For example, during the end of the play Montage gets into a fight with Beatty. Soon after Beatty discovers Montages earpiece, he talks to Faber on the other end and scares Faber to death by giving him a heart attack (or what seemed like it). Montage grabbed the flame thrower and threatened to burn Beatty alive. He than told him that Montage reminds him of when he used to be younger and to burn him and put an end to the hell he lives in. Beatty grabs the flame thrower and calls the hound on himself! What does Betty mean when he tells Montage that he reminds him of when he used to be younger? Did Beatty stick up for the literature like Montage did? These kind of questions come to mind when I think of Beatty. But my final thought on Beatty was did he sacrifice his life after calling the hound on himself to save Montage from being killed so that he may possibly encouraging others to read. Or possibly have hope that the society that they live in can be changed just the way Montage changed. “THINK OF THE GARDEN”
Before I get off topic, my answer to the question, how does the destruction of books lead to more happiness and equality, according to Beatty. It Is simple, Beatty implied that he was a man of equality and that no one is better than anyone. That there is no such thing as minorities or even an idea about that. He believes that the books are what makes individuals weak, emotional, and feel pain (this possibly explains why Beatty hates books so much because it made him feel the pain and sorrow of when his family died and the books only remind him of that). So therefor by burning all the books. Individuals well not experience any pain or sympathy because they wont learn what that is. However, does his lecture to Montag on the rights of man sound like any rhetoric still employed today? The answer is yes think of all the publicity and advertisements trying to brainwash us to think that their product is so much better than the rest and it will benefit our lives so much. Take for example cell phones or technology. Although it is making our lives easier it is also going to make it harder for us in the future. It is brain washing us to believe that we need it to survive,

4. Are there any circumstances where censorship might play a beneficial role in society? Are there some books that should be banned?
I believe that there is a lot of censorship in our society as we speak. There are cover up stories, truths that turn into conspiracies, conspiracies that turn to in to the truth, and so forth. My personal belief is that yes some censorship is beneficial for our society because it will stop the spread of panic if it is certainly needed. However other censorship such as politics, science religion should not be censored because the foundation of our lives our based on those topics.
Some may argue that there should be many books that should be banned such as those that contain violence, lust, sex, demonic ideology, ghosts, and etc. However, even though there are so many negative books out there coming from my stance of view aka according to my morals and culture. I personally think that books that go against or are meant to harm society should be banned. Reason is because they do nothing for society except spread hatred and negativity.

5. If you had to memorize a single book or risk its extinction, which book would you choose?
This is a very difficult question to answer theoretically I would say my life. They say that your life is just a book with every day being just another sentence in it. But if it was a physical book I would most likely be the bible. Besides the fact that it is religious the true purpose why I would choose this is because it talks about the good and the bad, destruction, love, hate, but most importantly it is a monument of never losing hope in anything you do or think you may do or accomplish.

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