Lit Circle Essay Test
10th Grade Literature & Composition
1.) What is one prevalent theme for you book? One prevalent theme for Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, is that freedom can be the key to knowledge. In the novel, Fahrenheit 451, “While the books went up in sparkling whirls and blew away on a wind turned dark with burning. Montag grinned and he knew that when he got back to the firehouse it would still be there, when he went to sleep that grin will still be there, but it would never go away, as long as he remembered”. As you can see their job was to burn knowledge and encourage ignorance. But as the novel goes on you can tell that Montag grows a passion for books and begins to keep a stash of them from everyone including his wife. “ City looks like a heap of baking powder.” This is what Granger said to Montag when the city was anonymously blown up. The effect of the city being blown gave Mr. Faber, Montag, and the intellectuals a chance to explore the excitement and wonders of books. It allowed them to enhance their knowledge instead of their ignorance, which was caused by ignorant people who did not want the citizens knowing anything. Without knowledge how can you have freedom?
2.) In the novel, Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury describes Montag as a man who has faith in his line of profession and has been working in his profession for 30 years. Montag is a fireman whose job requires him to burn books and the homes where they are kept illegally. Montag is often confused, frustrated and overwhelmed, which results him having difficulty with deciding what to do independently. He never questioned his happiness until Clarisse asked him “Are you happy?” This question got him thinking and going against the rules of society. “Of course I’m happy. What does she think? I’m not? He asked the quiet rooms.” At times, he is not aware of why he does things and he feels that his hands act by themselves. Such as when he...