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  • 1. THE FIREMEN’S ROLE & AN ANALYSIS OF SOCIETY FAHRENHEIT 451
  • 2. STRUCTURE
    • Plot
    • Firemen’s Role
    • About Montag
    • Differences between Beatty and Montag
    • Analysis of society
    • My own opinion
  • 3. PLOT
    • Story takes place in a futuristic dystopian society where books are prohibited by law as it is believed that they cause conflicts.
    • Firemen must track down books and burn them to secure social happiness.
    • Protagonist of the story is the fireman Guy Montag.
    • Montag secretly begins reading books but is denounced by his wife Linda. As he should be arrested by the firemen’s captain, he kills him with a flamethrower.
    • After his deed, Montag flees to the book people, a network of book lovers who memorize great works of literature and philosophy so that they are not forgotten.
  • 4. THE FIREMEN‘S ROLE
    • Firemen start fires rather then putting them out.
    • Next to the police, they act as a second governmental authority.
    • Firemen chase people who possess and/ or read books as they are regarded as public enemies.
    • Any books which are found are burnt immediately.
    • In this context, firemen even burn houses and accept dead people as a possible consequence.
  • 5. ABOUT MONTAG
    • Protagonist of Fahrenheit 451.
    • Fireman who burns books and houses where books are kept illegally.
    • At the beginning, he functions in the system without any criticism.
    • Several events (such as the meeting with Clarisse) make him think about the meaning of books, his role and the purpose his life.
    • He becomes curious about books and starts reading himself.
    • Thus, in the end, as a public enemy he has to escape from the world he knows in order to survive.
  • 6. DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CAPTAIN BEATTY AND MONTAG
    • Captain Beatty seems to be well-read (knows a lot of citations) but paradoxically hates books.
    • He seems to know what is going on with and in Montag – probably because he is old and experienced.
    • Beatty is loyal to the system whereas Montag has doubts about its rightness.
    • Beatty is happy with the status quo but Montag wants to know more and therefore becomes disloyal.
    • It might be that young Beatty once had the same thoughts as Montag but that he “returned“ to the system.
  • 7. ANALYSIS OF SOCIETY
    • People in this society are not supposed to think independently as it is believed that this leads to anti-social behaviour and could harm society.
    • They do not read books or enjoy nature. Instead, they watch excessive amounts of television on wall-size sets.
    • Books are seen as the enemies no. 1 as they can provoke an emotion and expectations with human beings and in the long run potentially cause unhappiness in society.
    • For that reason books are burnt and destroyed.
    • However, the society‘s status is not based on the constitution. It is rather the people‘s need for media consumption which is responsible for this situation.
  • 8. MY OWN OPINION

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