Fahrenheit 451 Part 3 Discussion Questions

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

'Fahrenheit 451' is a novel about a society in the future in which the citizens are so distracted they relinquish their own power. This resource offers discussion questions for students about this novel.

Burning Bright

Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 is a science fiction novel about a dystopian society that censors books and keeps citizens mindlessly distracted through television. The novel features Guy Montag, a fireman responsible for book burning, who begins to have doubts about his role and the laws they are enforcing. In Part Three, 'Burning Bright,' Montag is confronted about his stash of books and forced to make a decision about the type of world he wants to live in. The following questions may be used with students to discuss this part of the novel.

Burning Montag's Home

  • Why do you think Mildred reported Montag? What does that reveal about Mildred and Montag's relationship? What types of behavior would you report if exhibited by a family member? Why?
  • Why do you think Beatty wants Montag to burn his own house? What do you think of Faber's advice? What advice would you give Montag?
  • Why do you think Beatty resorts to violence? What prompts Montag to return the violence? Do you agree with Montag's assessment that Beatty wanted to die? Explain your answer. What are some other ways Montag justifies his behavior?

Escaping Society

  • What are some challenges Montag faces as he escapes? How does technology impact Montag's escape? Do you agree with his decision to go to Faber's house? What are his options? Why do you think Montag calls in an alarm on his coworker? What do you think will happen to that person?
  • As Montag laments his decisions, Faber celebrates them. Why do you think there is such a disparity between their responses? What are the advantages and disadvantages of Montag losing his place in society?
  • Who is Granger? How does Granger know about Montag? What is the purpose of Granger's group? How can Granger and Montag help each other? What is the difference between Granger's fire and the fires Montag used to create? How is fire used as a metaphor in this book?

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