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Fahrenheit 451 new florine corrected

  1. 1. THE FIREMEN’S ROLE & AN ANALYSIS OF SOCIETY FAHRENHEIT 451
  2. 2. STRUCTURE <ul><li>Plot </li></ul><ul><li>Firemen’s Role </li></ul><ul><li>About Montag </li></ul><ul><li>Differences between Beatty and Montag </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis of society </li></ul><ul><li>My own opinion </li></ul>
  3. 3. PLOT <ul><li>Story takes place in a futuristic dystopian society where books are prohibited by law as it is believed that they cause conflicts. </li></ul><ul><li>Firemen must track down books and burn them to secure social happiness. </li></ul><ul><li>Protagonist of the story is the fireman Guy Montag. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  4. 4. THE FIREMEN‘S ROLE <ul><li>Firemen start fires rather then putting them out. </li></ul><ul><li>Next to the police, they act as a second governmental authority. </li></ul><ul><li>Firemen chase people who possess and/ or read books as they are regarded as public enemies. </li></ul><ul><li>Any books which are found are burnt immediately. </li></ul><ul><li>In this context, firemen even burn houses and accept dead people as a possible consequence. </li></ul>
  5. 5. ABOUT MONTAG <ul><li>Protagonist of Fahrenheit 451. </li></ul><ul><li>Fireman who burns books and houses where books are kept illegally. </li></ul><ul><li>At the beginning, he functions in the system without any criticism. </li></ul><ul><li>Several events (such as the meeting with Clarisse) make him think about the meaning of books, his role and the purpose his life. </li></ul><ul><li>He becomes curious about books and starts reading himself. </li></ul><ul><li>Thus, in the end, as a public enemy he has to escape from the world he knows in order to survive. </li></ul>
  6. 6. DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CAPTAIN BEATTY AND MONTAG <ul><li>Captain Beatty seems to be well-read (knows a lot of citations) but paradoxically hates books. </li></ul><ul><li>He seems to know what is going on with and in Montag – probably because he is old and experienced. </li></ul><ul><li>Beatty is loyal to the system whereas Montag has doubts about its rightness. </li></ul><ul><li>Beatty is happy with the status quo but Montag wants to know more and therefore becomes disloyal. </li></ul><ul><li>It might be that young Beatty once had the same thoughts as Montag but that he “returned“ to the system. </li></ul>
  7. 7. ANALYSIS OF SOCIETY <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>They do not read books or enjoy nature. Instead, they watch excessive amounts of television on wall-size sets. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>For that reason books are burnt and destroyed. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  8. 8. MY OWN OPINION

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