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What do the firemen do in the world of Fahrenheit 451?

Last Updated: 1st May, 2020

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In 'Fahrenheit 451' by Ray Bradbury, the job description of firemen is very different from what it is in our society. Rather than saving homes and people from fires, the firemen burn down all houses that contain books.

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Similarly, it is asked, what do the fireman do for a living?

The firemen burn down houses that contain books. This is ironic because today firemen try to control fires and stop them.

Furthermore, how did Firemen know which houses had books? The firemen only know which houses have books in them if someone tells. For example, there was the old lady with all the books -- the one who burned herself up along with her books when the firemen came. The firemen knew about her house because one of her neighbors told on her. And Montag's house was the same way.

Also asked, what is the official slogan of the firemen in Fahrenheit 451?

Official Slogan: "Monday burn Millay, Wednesday Whitman, Friday Falkner, burn em' to ashes, then burn the ashes."

Why is Fahrenheit 451 a banned book?

In 1953, Ray Bradbury published his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451. The novel is dystopian because it paints a picture of a terrible future world where free thought is discouraged and people lack the ability to connect to one another. In this world, books are illegal and any that remain are burned by firemen.

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Heidy Michael

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Does Montag like his job?

At the beginning of Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag thoroughly enjoys his job. Sharing Montag's perspective in Chapter One, Bradbury writes: ''It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed.

Traore Hosten

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What does Mildred do all day?

Mildred lives a pitiful existence in her daily life by being obsessed with soap operas that are televised onto her wall size TV screens. She has three walls of her living room covered by these screens, and pesters Montag to buy a fourth.

Hongli Novelli

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What does you never wash it off completely mean symbolically?

Symbolically, this could mean that sometimes once you do something it would be hard to get rid of it. The kerosene is like the blood in Macbeth, it symbolizes the guilt in the situation. During his conversations, Montag says that "You never wash it off completely," referring to the kerosene.

Therese Ayling

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Why do the firemen do their work at night?

The fire alarms always come at night because a fire burning at night gets more attention. In Montag's world, firemen don't put out fires. They start them. A fireman's job is to burn books.

Yunyan Magaldi

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What technology does Mildred use to sleep?

Mildred uses a technology called Seashells to soothe her to sleep. These seashell transmitters fit in her ears like thimbles, and through them she can listen to music and programs far into the night until she falls asleep.

Taneka Apsley

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Why do firemen burn books in Fahrenheit 451?

Everyone was offended by something in the books, so, burning them made it so that people don't have to read "offensive" material. Beatty states, Burn the book." So many people found something offensive that all books should just be burned so that people can be happy; and that is where the firemen come in.

Ivette Mochulsky

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What does Montag look like in Fahrenheit 451?

Montag looks like a fireman and sometimes like an astronaut in his fireproof dress and with his helmet (with the number 451 on the front). He also wears a black uniform and always has a smile on his face which symbolizes that he loves to live dangerously and maybe is a dangerous man.

Custodio Doudou

Pundit

Why is Clarisse antisocial society?

Clarisse is different from Mildred because she has thoughts about the world for what it really is unlike Mildred who doesn't really care. Society considers Clarisse "anti-social" because she thinks differently and doesn't speak of the "normal" things in their society.

Maruan Yuzeev

Pundit

What is the fireman's Creed?

When I'm called to duty God, Wherever flames may rage, Give me strength to save a life, Whatever be it's age.

Aramita Die

Pundit

How much does Montag make a year in salary?

Montag made $18,789,320 in total compensation. Of this total $1,250,000 was received as a salary, $7,700,000 was received as a bonus, $0 was received in stock options, $9,819,320 was awarded as stock and $20,000 came from other types of compensation.

Zoraya Troya

Pundit

What is the Fireman's Prayer?

Firemans Prayer. When I am called to duty, God, whenever flames may rage, give me strength to save some life, whatever be its age. Help me embrace a little child before it is too late, or save an older person from the horror of that fate.

Leoncio Cravino

Teacher

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Celestin Planker

Teacher

How old is Montag?

30 years old

Frederico Kula

Teacher

What is and has been hidden behind the grille of the air conditioning system?

The grille is important to the story because it's behind the grille that Montag has hidden books he's stolen from houses where the he and the other firemen burned books. The grille is mentioned several more times before Montag actually retrieves books from there. It becomes a symbol for the forbidden books.

Gislene Vergani

Reviewer

What is Montag afraid of at work?

This sets Montag's heart "pounding" and changes his fascination into fear because he believes that the Hound doesn't like him. Montag's fear of the Hound is further reinforced when he is told that a fireman in Seattle changed the chemical balance of a Hound's brain and "let it loose."

Eghosa Arbayzagoitia

Reviewer

Why did Mildred need emergency?

Mildred requires emergency service because she overdosed on sleeping pills. They had to pump her stomach; I think those are the correct terms? 9. The purpose of the hound is hunt people down.

Gheorghita Eyre

Reviewer

Why does Montag kill Beatty?

Why did Montag kill Captain Beatty? Captain Beatty annoyed him by saying books are useless. He made him burn down his own house, and said he would kill Faber.

Hiedi Vontin

Reviewer

Who kills Montag?

Captain Beatty