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Fahrenheit 451 Reading notes for part 1 “The Hearth and The Salamander”

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Person Montag is one of many firefighters in charge of burning books in a future variation of the United States where books are illegal. The unique start with a succinct description of the delight he experiences while on the job of burning books. In the book, he is described as using a helmet with the number 451 (the heat at which paper burns, therefore giving the factor for the name of the book), a dark black fit with a salamander on the arm, and a “phoenix disc” on his upper body.

Coming home from his work at the station house, he feels a sense of uneasiness. He gets a sense that somebody is around him or seeing him in the shadows. This is when he satisfies a new neighbor. A very unusual 17-year-old by the name of Clarisse McClellan. She quickly sees that Montag is a fireman and appears really thinking about him and his match. Clarisse informs Montag that she is thought about “crazy” and continues to inform Montag that she thinks the initial task of firefighters was to douse and snuff out fires instead of lighting them.
She intrigues him with her weird “left-field” questions, unusual lifestyle, and “unbelievable power of identification.” She asks him if he is content with his life and then Clarisse walks into her home without hearing Montag’s action. Inquiring the imbecilic question, Montag states he is a bit concerned because generally he doesn’t talk about his individual life with strangers.

When he returns to his home, he realizes that he is not delighted with his life. Montag keeps feeling anxious when he gets to bed. He sees his spouse Mildred listening to her preferred radio program “Seashells”. Montag unintentionally kicks over an empty bottle of sleeping tablets, understanding his spouse had actually overdosed on the tablets, and he calls an ambulance. Just as he does this, a squad of jet bombers drops bombs and shakes the house profoundly. The ambulance arrives, and 2 extremely cynical workers appear with a snake-like machine to pump Mildred’s stomach. Montag contemplates upon the concern he was asked by Clarisse and all the occasions that had happened. He feels terribly stunned as he takes a sleeping pill and dozes off.

The next day, Montag tries to talk with Mildred about her attempted overdose the night prior to. Mildred states she has no memory of her attempted suicide. When Montag inquires about it he gets entirely shot down by his wife. Rather, she insists on talking about the plot of the television programs that she enjoys. As he is not thinking about the conversation, Montag leaves for work.

When he gets outside, he sees Clarisse having a good time in the rain. She runs a dandelion throughout her chin and explains to Montag that if any pollen rubs off she remains in love. Then, she rubs the dandelion on Montag’s chin but to his humiliation, no pollen rubs off at all. After this, Clarisse asks Montag why he picked to become a fireman in the very first place. Clarisse says that he is not like any of the other firefighters she has satisfied before. Montag tells Clarisse that she ought to go to her therapist that she was designated by the authorities because of her “absence of sociability”, and for her apparently harmful motive towards independent idea.

Once Montag reaches his work at the fire station, he reaches into family pet a mechanical hound, but, to his surprise, it growls at him and threatens him. Montag immediately reports this phenomenon to his captain, Captain Beatty. He is concerned it could be a murder plot because the precise same occasion has actually taken place twice in the past in this month. After this, the other firefighters tease him and state that a fireman in Seattle had dedicated suicide by setting the trigger for the mechanical hound to his own chemical complex. Beatty informs Montag that the hound will be checked out and guarantees him that the problem won’t happen again.

Over the next week, Montag sees Clarisse outside of his house going to and coming from work every day. Clarisse asks Montag why he never had kids of his own with his spouse and she likewise discusses why she chose to stop going to school. On the eighth day, he did not see Clarisse beyond his home and when he got to the fire station, he asks captain Beatty what took place to the male whose library they burned down. Beatty then says how the guy was sent to an asylum for the clinically ridiculous. Montag then asks if the firemen were ever released to snuff out fires. The other firefighters show him a handbook where they were developed in the 1790’s to burn English-influenced books. Then, the alarm is sounded, and they avoid to an old weak home owned by an old woman. The old woman has brushed aside so they can get to the books. One book falls into Montag’s hand and he decides to rapidly hide it under his coat. Even after they soak the books with kerosene, the woman stands her ground and does not leave. Beatty starts to flame up your house, but Montag stops to attempt and assist the old woman leave quietly. She insists on refusing, and as Montag leaves, she lights the fire herself burning her and your house down. All the firemen are extremely quiet on the drive home to the station.

Montag goes home and conceals the book he has under his pillow. Montag tells Mildred that he has not seen Clarisse for about 4 days. He asks Mildred if she understands anything about her current disappearance, and Mildred states she believes that she was eliminated in a car crash.

Montag wakes up really ill, he smells kerosene and he tosses up. Montag informs Mildred about the old lady’s house the night prior to and asks her if its all right if he quit his job for a while. He attempts to describe to Mildred that he is guilty of burning all the books and the old woman’s house, but Mildred does not wish to listen. He tries to talk with Mildred about how it actually troubles him and asks her when she was last bothered by something. The argument ends when they see Captain Beatty showing up the front walk.

Captain Beatty comes by to examine Montag, saying that he guessed Montag would be contacting ill that day. He tells Montag that every firefighter encounters the “issue” he has been experiencing eventually, and he connects to him the history of their profession. Beatty’s monologue borders on the hysterical, and his propensity to jump from something to another without explaining the connection makes his history very difficult to follow. Part of the story is that photography, film, and television made it possible to present information in a quickly absorbable, visual type, that made the slower, more reflective practice of reading books less popular. Another strand of his argument is that the spread of literacy, and the gigantic increase in the variety of released materials, produced pressure for books to be more like one another and simpler to check out (like Reader’s Digest condensed books). Lastly, Beatty states that “minorities” and special-interest groups found a lot of things in books objectionable that individuals finally deserted argument and started burning books.

Mildred’s attention fails while Beatty is talking, and she gets up and starts absentmindedly aligning the space. In doing so, she finds the book behind Montag’s pillow and attempts to call attention to it, however Montag screams at her to take a seat. Beatty pretends not to discover and goes on talking. He explains that ultimately the general public’s demand for uncontroversial, easy enjoyment triggered printed matter to be diluted to the point that just comic books, trade journals, and sex magazines remained. Beatty discusses that after all homes were fireproofed, the firemen’s task altered from its old purpose of avoiding fires to its new objective of burning the books that could allow one person to stand out intellectually, spiritually, and virtually over others and so make everybody else feel inferior. Montag asks how someone like Clarisse might exist, and Beatty states the firefighters have been watching on her household because they worked against the schools’ system of homogenization. Beatty reveals that he has had a file on the McClellan’s families’ odd behaviors for many years and says that Clarisse is better off dead.

Beatty urges Montag not to overlook how essential he and his fellow firemen are to the happiness of the world. He tells him that every firefighter sooner or later becomes curious about books; because he has actually checked out some himself, he can assert that they are ineffective and inconsistent. Montag asks what would occur if a firefighter mistakenly took a book house with him, and Beatty states that he would be permitted to keep it for twenty-four or forty-eight hours, but that the other firefighters would then come to burn it if he had actually not currently done so himself. Beatty gets up to leave and asks if Montag will enter work later. Montag informs him that he may, but he covertly solves never ever to go again.

After Beatty leaves, Montag tells Mildred that he no longer wishes to work at the fire station and shows her a secret stock of about twenty books he has been concealing in the ventilator. In a panic, she attempts to burn them, however he stops her. He wants to take a look at them at least once, and he needs her help. He looks for a factor for his unhappiness in the books, which he has apparently been taking for a long time. Mildred is terrified of them, however Montag is identified to include her in his search, and he requests for forty-eight hours of support from her to check out the books in hopes of finding something important that they can show others. Somebody comes to the door, but they do not address, and he goes away. (Later on it is exposed that the Mechanical Hound was the 2nd visitor.) Montag picks up a copy of Gulliver’s Travels and starts reading.

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