You were given some vocabulary words to add to your pre-made journals. You will need to write these on page one of your journals and record the word, quote, page number, definition, and picture for each word. Make sure to fit all 10 words on the first page only.
Themes to think about:
One night while Montag is walking home from a day's work, he meets a young, bright girl named Clarisse McClellan. She isidealistic and hates the social structure of the times. She says that firemen once put out fires started accidentally instead of starting them --ABCessays
But Montag may perhaps be too rigid an idealist, having rejected his former society-- goodreads
"Patience, Montag. Let the war turn off the ‘families.’ Our civilization is flinging itself to pieces. Stand back from the centrifuge."
"There has to be someone ready when it blows up."
"What? Men quoting Milton? Saying, I remember Sophocles? Reminding the survivors that man has his good side, too? They will only gather up their stones to hurl at each other. Montag, go home. Go to bed." (2.178-81)
Faber scoffs at Montag’s idealism, but really, the man has a point. It is books and knowledge that will help the world re-build "when it blows up." In fact, this is what happens at the end of the novel. Right?
Examples of Cynicism:
Two cynical hospital workers arrive with a machine that pumps Mildred’s stomach (Montag later refers to the device as the “Snake”) and another that replaces all her poisoned blood with fresh blood. Montag goes outside and listens to the laughter and the voices coming from the brightly lit McClellan house. --Sparknotes
Montag turns off the TV walls and tries to engage the three women in conversation. They reluctantly oblige him, but he becomes angry when they describe how they voted in the last presidential election, based solely on the physical appearance and other superficial qualities of the candidates. Their detached and cynical references to their families and the impending war angers him further. He brings out a book of poetry and shows it to them, despite their objections and Faber’s (delivered via his ear radio). --Sparknotes
Suicide is rampant in this society, as Bradbury shows earlier. And after all, Beatty is a very depressed man. Though he knows the power that books have, he is cynical about them, citing the troubles that come from their reading. www.novelguide.com/
As he walks home after collecting money for the printer from an all-night robot teller, Montag listens to military broadcasts in his ear and to Faber's cynical comments on those broadcasts. Montag says he doesn't want to go from being told what to do by one side of the battle to being told what to do by someone on the other side - he wants to think independently. Faber tells him he's already becoming wise but that Montag has to trust him for a while. He then starts reading to Faber from the Bible's Book of Job.-- www.bookrags.com
“If we listened to our intellect we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go in business because we'd be cynical: "It's gonna go wrong." Or "She's going to hurt me." Or,"I've had a couple of bad love affairs, so therefore . . ." Well, that's nonsense. You're going to miss life. You've got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.”
― Ray Bradbury