Charlotte’s Web By E.B. White

Mr and Mrs Arable owned a farm and wanted to slaughter a young pig because it was smaller than usual for its age. Fern (their daughter) was an 8 year old who was angry by this fact and vowed to take care of the pig. Avery was her brother and had dad’s personality of being very condescending, mean to others. Fern named the pig ‘Wilbur’. The pig was treated with tender loving care. Due to their close relationship, Wilbur also grew attached to Fern.

However, Uncle Homer bought him from Mr Arable and he transferred to another farm. There was a loose plank in the barn and Wilbur seized his chance to escape. The other animals encouraged him to escape. However, the thought of food was overwhelming and Wilbur returned to the barn. The other animals were busy and didn’t want to play with Wilbur. He now realized he longed for love and companionship more than food. There was a rat named Templeton.

One day, a spider called out to him in the barn. She introduced herself as ‘Charlotte A. Cavatica’. Wilbur didn’t have a good impression of Charlotte given the fact that she killed insects for a living. To him, she seemed fierce and brutal. The goose once laid a dud egg and gave it to Templeton as he liked to keep things. Wilbur soon learnt that from the others that he would be slaughtered once he grew up. On hearing this, Charlotte vowed to save him. In the meantime, Mrs Arable ordered a checkup on Fern, suspecting that she had social problems. Charlotte often comforted Wilbur while she thought of a plan to save him. Once, Avery thought of capturing Charlotte in a box. Unfortunately, he stepped on the rotten goose egg. Due to the pungent smell, he fled. Wilbur was thankful for the rat and gave Templeton a portion of his food.

Charlotte weaved the words ‘SOME PIG’ in her web. Soon, Mr and Mrs Homer were convinced that their pig was special. News spread like wildfire. After much persuasion, Templeton reluctantly sought newspaper articles to provide Charlotte with more ideas for her web. Dr Dorian assured Mr and Mrs Arable that it was normal for Fern to talk to animals and love them. Charlotte was planning to build a sac of eggs. During the animal fair, Wilbur, Charlotte and the rat were smuggled into a crate. Now, Charlotte felt weak. Charlotte spun the words ‘RADIANT’ and ‘HUMBLE’ on her web. The next day, Charlotte spun an egg sac but felt even weaker than before. Everyone thought that spiders couldn’t write and that the pig was miraculous in nature.  Wilbur basked in the glory of winning the competition. Charlotte admitted she was dying and wouldn’t make it back to the barn.

On hearing this, Wilbur took the egg sac back to the barn. Templeton was a selfish rat who was only willing to help if he got food in return. Wilbur willingly gave him some food so that he would help transport the egg sac back to the barn. The spiders hatched and many of them were glad to see Wilbur. Almost of them took off after a while. Wilbur told the 3 remaining ones who stayed the story of their mother. Wilbur still missed Charlotte and no spider could every replace her in his heart.

Can you be encouraging and also be fiercely protective of your close friend? Can you remain positive? Can you lift the mood of the surroundings when everyone around you is depressed? Can you do the right thing even if it might be unpopular amongst others? Can you find meaning in what you do? Can you live up to your promises? Can you comfort those in need? Can you offer strength? Can you render your precious time to help others, not expect to claim any credit nor receive anything in return? Can you give unconditional love? Can your action speak louder than your words? Can you shower praise and appreciation to others? Can you not draw attention to oneself? Can you sacrifice yourself if you know that by doing so, it might save someone else? Can you die in peace knowing that your actions have impacted others in a positive way? Charlotte (the spider) was all of that to Wilbur (the pig). Have you found your Charlotte? 😛

 

In the daytime, Wilbur usually felt happy and confident. No pig ever had truer friends, and he realized that friendship is one of the most satisfying things in the world.  E.B. White

 

Wilbur, you have been a friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what’s a life anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die. A spider’s life can’t help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift me up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anybody’s life can stand a little of that. Charlotte

 

Well, I’m no good at making speeches. I haven’t got your gifts for words. But you saved me, Charlotte, and I would gladly give my life to you – I really would. Wilbur

 

Wilbur never forgot Charlotte. Although he loved her children and grandchildren dearly, none of the new spiders ever took her place in his heart. She was in a class by herself. It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both. E.B. White

 

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Motivational Quotes 51 to 100

51. ‘You get more of what you have. When you feel friendly, people want to be your friend. When you feel attractive, people are attracted to you. When you feel loving, others act lovingly towards you. The truth is cruel because so often, you want others to give you what you lack. It’s when you’re feeling friendless that you most want people to be friendly. When you’re feeling ugly, you want someone to tell you how attractive you are. Feeling unloving makes you long to be showered with affection.’  Gretchen Rubin

52. ‘The secret of success is to understand the point of view of others.’ Henry Ford

53. ‘Anyone can do anything they want, and that’s what I proved. You just need a lot of passion.’ Mikael Jonsson, cooking amateur to Michelin-starred chef in 14 months.

54. ‘Before you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.’ William Ward

55. ‘In the long term, we don’t end up being as happy as we thought we’d be when good things happen to us, and we are not as sad as we expect when bad things occur.’ Dan Ariely

56. ‘Make a habit of two things – to help, or at least do no harm.’ Hippocrates

57. “By honestly acknowledging your past errors, but never damning yourself for them, you can use your past for your own future benefit.” -Albert Ellis & Robert A. Harper.

58. ‘No matter what your past has been, you have a spotless future.’ –Unknown

59. ‘It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.’ Harry S. Truman

60. ‘When you walk with purpose, you collide with destiny’ – Betrice Berry

61. “Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill

62. ‘Everybody has their own private Mount Everest they were put on this Earth to climb.’ Hugh Macleod

63. “If your only goal is to become rich, you’ll never achieve it.” John D. Rockefeller, America’s first billionaire

64. ‘Life is a test. It is only a test. Had this been a real life you would have been instructed where to go and what to do.’ Taken from a famous poster

65. ‘Patience is a quality of heart that can be greatly enhanced with deliberate practice.’

66. ‘The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.’ William James

67. ‘But I have to stay positive, even if it means taking a thousand noes to get that one yes’

68. ‘One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.’ Gretchen Rubin

69. ‘You can choose what you do; you can’t choose what you like to do.’ Gretchen Rubin

70. ‘Throughout my athletics career, the overall goal was always to be a better athlete than I was at that moment – whether next week, next month or next year. The improvement was the goal. The medal was simply the ultimate reward for achieving that goal.’ Sebastian Coe

71. ‘Towering genius disdains a beaten path.’ Abraham Lincoln

72. ‘Everyone holds his fortune in his own hands, like a sculptor the raw material he will fashion into a figure. But it’s the same with that type of artistic activity as with all others; We are merely born with the capability to do it. The skill to mold the material into what we want must be learned and attentively cultivated.’ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

73. ‘The moment that you rest, thinking that you have attained the level you desire, a part of your mind enters a phase of decay. You lose your hard-earned creativity and others begin to sense it. This is a power and intelligence that must be continually renewed or it will die.’ Robert Greene

74. ‘If you lose contact with your inner calling, you can have some success in life, but eventually your lack of true desire catches up with you. Your work becomes mechanical. You come to live for leisure and immediate pleasures. In this way you become increasingly passive, and never move past the first phase. You may grow frustrated and depressed, never realizing that the source of it is your alienation from your own creative potential.’ Robert Greene

75. ‘There are two kinds of failure. The first comes from never trying out your ideas because you are afraid, or because you are waiting for the perfect time. This kind of failure you can never learn from, and such timidity will destroy you. The second kind comes from a bold and venturesome spirit. If you fail in this way, the hit that you take to your reputation is greatly outweighed by what you learn. Repeated failure will toughen your spirit and show you with absolute clarity how things must be done.’ Robert Greene

76. ‘The information in books is not tailored to your circumstances and individuality; it tends to be somewhat abstract. When you are young and have less experience of the world, this abstract knowledge is hard to put into practice…It is always possible to practice on your own, but you will not receive enough focused feedback.’ Robert Greene (on the need for mentors)

77. ‘The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.’ Apple’s “Think Different” commercial (1997)

78. ‘You are born with a particular makeup and tendencies that mark you as a piece of fate. It is who you are to the core. Some people never become who they are; they stop trusting in themselves, they conform to the tastes of others, and they end up wearing a mask that hides their true nature. If you allow yourself to learn who you really are by paying attention to that voice and force within you, then you can become what you were fated to become – an individual, a Master.’ Robert Greene

79. ‘It is a healthy part of your development to follow a path independent of your parents and to establish your own identity. Let your sense of rebellion fill you with energy and purpose.’ Robert Greene

80. ‘One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.’ Virginia Woolf

81. “Summary of Ben Bernanke’s Princeton University Commencement Speech (10 suggestions)

• Life is unpredictable and it is difficult to predict a long term career path for yourself; Life is full of ups and downs; Don’t be afraid of change

• Learn to strive and plan for yourself; Everyone should aim to develop themselves and fulfill their life’s tasks

• Meritocracy rewards the luckiest, wealthiest, most educated etc; These people should share their knowledge and be entrusted with more responsibility

• Make use of your advantages and learn to overcome obstacles

• Cynicism is no substitute for critical thinking; Policy makers tend to make decisions based on their own judgments; Worthy to pursue a career in public services

• Economics can aid policy making and rule out ideas inconsistent with empirical research

• Money is a means, not an end; Don’t choose a career just for the love of money

• Treat failure as an opportunity for learning/development

• Choose a good companion; looks are not all that matter

• Be grateful for your parents’ support and help towards building your success

82. ‘If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on.’ Steve Jobs

83. ‘In order to pursue our passion, and to have so many different interests – whether it’s dance, theatre, some of you may be writing, some of you may want to be a scientist, business leaders, you need to create opportunities. Although money is not everything, it is often necessary for us to do some things. So therefore the pursuit of excellence, the pursuit of passion and the pursuit of opportunities, which requires growth, which requires a certain vibrancy, should not be seen as diametrical opposites – that you can have one and not the other. In fact, one is often important to the other.’ Heng Swee Keat

84. ‘First, it is essential that you begin with one skill that you can master, and that serves as a foundation for acquiring others. You must avoid at all cost the idea that you can manage learning several skills at a time. You need to develop your powers of concentration, and understand that trying to multitask will be the death of the process.’ Robert Greene

85. ‘Mastery is like swimming – it is too difficult to move forward when we are creating our own resistance or swimming against the current. Know your strengths and move with them.’ Robert Greene

86. ‘Trying something over and over again grounds you in reality, making you deeply aware of your inadequacies and of what you can accomplish with more work and effort.’ Robert Greene

87. ‘2nd law of thermodynamics: entropy and the fact you need to pump a lot of energy into something to keep it stable. Path dependency: One is influenced by past experiences and you never know when you can tap on them. Go and be useful: Decide to be good at something so that you can be of use to the society.’ Lee Guan Wei

88. ‘1) Get started; 2) Sketch; 3) Find someone; 4) Get real feedback; 5) Build a more robust prototype; 6) Keep track of what works, and what doesn’t; 7) Keep trying, until you find enough things to work’ Shaun from Syinc

89. ‘And today on your commencement, your first day of life in the real world, that’s what I wish for you. Instead of trying to make your life perfect, give yourself the freedom to make it an adventure, and go ever upward.’ Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox

90. ‘Fortunately, it doesn’t matter. No one has a 5. 0 in real life. In fact, when you finish school, the whole notion of a GPA just goes away. When you’re in school, every little mistake is a permanent scratch in your windshield. But in the real world, if you’re not swerving around and hitting the guard rails every now and then, you’re not going fast enough. Your biggest risk isn’t failing, it’s being too comfortable.’ Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox

91. ‘In the real world, if you’re not swerving around and hitting the guard rails every now and then, you’re not going fast enough. Your biggest risk isn’t failing, it’s being too comfortable. Failure doesn’t matter. You only have to be right once.’ Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox

92. ‘It took me a while to get it, but the hardest-working people don’t work hard because they’re disciplined. They work hard because working on an exciting problem is fun. So after today, it’s not about pushing yourself; it’s about finding your tennis ball, the thing that pulls you. You might not find it right away, but until you do, keep listening for that little voice.’ Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox

93. ‘One thing I’ve learned is surrounding yourself with inspiring people is now just as important as being talented or working hard. It’s hard to imagine Michael Jordan becoming Michael Jordan if his circle of 5 had been a bunch of guys in Italy. Your circle pushes you to be better, just as Adam pushed me.’ Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox

94. ‘They say that you’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Think about that for a minute: who would be in your circle of 5? The good news is MIT is one of the best places in the world to start building that circle. If I hadn’t come here, I wouldn’t have met Adam, I wouldn’t have met my amazing cofounder, Arash, and there would be no Dropbox.’ Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox

95. ‘I was going to say work on what you love, but that’s not really it. It’s so easy to convince yourself that you love what you’re doing — who wants to admit that they don’t? When I think about it, the happiest and most successful people I know don’t just love what they do, they’re obsessed with solving an important problem, something that matters to them.’ Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox

96. ‘Don’t get me wrong: learning is your top priority, but now it can happen on the job. The best learning is doing. Otherwise, if you spend all your time checking boxes and “getting ready” to follow your dream, chances are you’ll end up working for the people who just went out and did it. So what you should be doing is not getting ready but getting started.’ Drew Houston, CEO of Dropbox

97. Studies have shown the following groups of people to be happier: (i) Are in a long-term relationship; (ii) Are actively engaged in politics; (iii) Are active in work and in your free time; (iv) Go out for dinner; (v) Have close friendships (though happiness does not increase with the number of friends you have); (vi) People who drink in moderation are happier than people who don’t drink at all; (vii) Men tend to be happier in a society where women enjoy greater equality; (viii) Being considered good looking increases men’s happiness more than it does women’s; (ix) You tend to be happier if you think you’re good looking, rather than if you actually, objectively speaking, are; (x)     Having children lowers your happiness levels, but your happiness increases when they grow up and leave home.

98. “Research has shown that we can make ourselves happier because happiness does change over time, and these changes are not just a matter of better circumstances but of better dealing with life. Elderly people tend to be wiser, and for that reason, happier.” Professor Ruut Veenhoven

99. “Though it is generally assumed that you need goals to lead a happy life, evidence is mixed. The reason seems to be that unhappy people are more aware of their goals, because they seek to change their life for the better.” Professor Ruut Veenhoven

100. ‘Sometimes, attempting to impress the people around us is the best way to become the people we want to be. Trying to look smarter than we are can actually make us smarter.’ Daisy Buchanan

 

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Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

The 3 farmers were all rich, greedy and nasty men. Mr and Mrs Fox lived in a tree. They had 3 children. The farmer were plotting to kill Mr Fox by waiting outside his tree hole and then shooting him to death. Mr Fox often had to steal from the 3 farms to feed his children. Although Mr Fox was cautious, he lost his tail in a gunshot wound inflicted by the farmers. Now, the farmers started digging into their hideout. Mr Fox’s plan was to dig faster than them. The farmers remained undeterred and used tractors now. The sound was deafening but Mr Fox encouraged his family to continue digging. Confident that the foxes would have to come out of their hideout after they ran out of food, the farmers camped at the entrance with their guns. The foxes were starving now after toiling for so long. Their plan of continuing to dig was draining their energy. Mr Fox thought of another plan.

Finally, the plan to dig under the chicken house worked and they had a good feast before exiting quietly. The foxes didn’t leave a trace and no one knew they raided the farm. Mrs Fox was ill and she was excused from digging. Instead, the other foxes started to feed her. In exchange for food, the other animals started to help the foxes dig. Next, the animals reached the geese farm. They repeated the same act as during their time in the chicken farm. In the cider farm, the rat drank too much and appeared drunk. Mabel, a lady, appeared and thankfully did not manage the animals. The rat was furious with the other animals for stealing the cider but could do nothing about it. All the animals had a huge feast and knew that they were finally safe with a good supply of food. The foxes and the other animals never appeared from the hole!

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The Giver by Lois Lowry

Jonas had a little sister named Lily and he stayed with his parents. His friend was Asher and he couldn’t write well. As a nurturer, his dad was in charge of taking care of physical and emotional development of young kids.

In this society, those incapable people, those who have committed grave mistakes, the sick and elderly, or even those who didn’t fit into societal norms were ‘released’ and never to be seen again. There was a ceremony every year from the ages 1 to 12 to celebrate the new milestone and development of the children. Spouses, names and assignments for adults were all determined by the Council of Elders. There were some assignments which were apparently worse than others but it seemed like they were highly accurate for every individual.

Jonas’ family took care of a little boy called Gabriel who was developing too slowly for children his age. As a result, his dad had to appeal to keep him for a while more before ‘release.’ Jonas had the power to see things and was worried about it. Asher, Fiona and Jonas had to perform compulsory voluntary work and they decided to perform it at the House for the Old. Dream telling was compulsory and Jonas related a story where he imagined bathing Fiona in the nude. From then on, he was instructed to take a pill every morning to suppress such dreams and wild emotions. Losses were mourned, but not releases.

Jonas was highly anxious about his potential assignment at the ceremony for twelve year olds. He was assigned to be the receiver of memory as he had the right characteristics. Being the receiver entailed having to follow many strict rules, including not being able to discuss his assignment with his family. Jonas met the Giver, whose role was to impart every memory that he had from ages back to Jonas. This would wipe the memories away from the Giver. Jonas was first introduced to snow, sunshine, sunburn. The society valued stability and sameness and let certain objects and ideas like colour, sunshine go. The Council would approach for advice when they had not experienced something before.

The people had little choice and limited range of emotions and sense of appreciation for surroundings. Society thought it would be confusing for men if they experienced too much and it might lead to poor decision making. In the past, the previous receiver abandoned her duties and fled after she couldn’t handle the responsibilities involved. This led to her memories flooding back to the society, causing much unwanted chaos. The Giver now imparted painful memories to Jonas like fear, warfare, loneliness, loss. In the meantime, Jonas became transmitting memories to Gabriel even though it was illegal to do so. Now, Jonas finally understood the warm feeling of love and companionship from his memories and was upset that society didn’t value those traits. In his anger, Jonas stopped taking the pill and got to experience the full scope of emotions. Rosemary, the previous receiver, was actually The Giver’s daughter. Jonas witnessed a video of how his father put the smaller of a pair of twins to sleep via a lethal injection and was traumatized by the video. The child was ‘released’.

The Giver and him came up with a plan where Jonas would escape to ‘Elsewhere’ and the Giver would initially follow him but later return to society in order to handle the ensuing chaos once the memories were stacked back on the people. Knowing that Gabriel was going to be released, Jonas took him along and they both escaped. After moving around for a bit and escaping the search planes, they were exhausted and famished. In a last burst of strength, Jonas recalled the memories of sunshine and the sledge to combat the bitter chilly winters. Finally, he and Gabriel landed up in ‘Elsewhere.’

Release of new children was always sad, because they hadn’t had a chance to enjoy life within the community yet. And they hadn’t done anything wrong. Jonas

 

Our people made that choice, the choice to go to Sameness. Before my time, before the previous time, back and back and back. We relinquished color when we relinquished sunshine and did away with differences. We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others. The Giver

 

I like the feeling of love. I wish we still had that. Of course, I do understand that it wouldn’t work very well. And that it’s much better to be organized the way we are now. I can see that it was a dangerous way to live. Jonas

 

The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared. The Giver

 

The life where nothing was unexpected. Or inconvenient. Or unusual. The life without color, pain or past. Jonas

 

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The Art of Money Getting or Golden Rules for Making Money by P.T. Barnum

Many do not track their spending and have enough savings. Conduct yourself in a proper manner so as to earn respect. Live within your means. Do not let vanity and envy take the lead. Do not pursue evils like smoking and alcohol etc. Parents should recognize their children’s natural ability and not force them to take up certain vocations. Your workplace should be near your home. Avoid getting into debt. Have the belief that you can change your future and learn to persevere. You can only learn to rely on yourself, not others. Fortune favors the brave. ‘Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well’. Be proactive in your life. Ambition and perseverance are the keys to success. Do not rely on inheritances and work hard to earn money. You will appreciate the value of money more that way. Study how human nature works. Try not to diversify your businesses too widely. Set a certain order in your life. Keep updated with current affairs. First ‘sow’ then ‘reap’, do not engage in the reverse order. Be polite to your customers. Learn to give from the heart. Express your gratitude. Never lose your reputation and your integrity. Honesty is the best policy.

The foundation of success in life is good health: that is the substratum fortune; it is also the basis of happiness. A person cannot accumulate a fortune very well when he is sick. He has no ambition; no incentive; no force. Of course, there are those who have bad health and cannot help it: you cannot expect that such persons can accumulate wealth, but there are a great many in poor health who need not be so. P.T. Barnum

Money is in some respects like fire; it is a very excellent servant but a terrible master. When you have it mastering you; when interest is constantly piling up against you, it will keep you down in the worst kind of slavery. But let money work for you, and you have the most devoted servant in the world. PT Barnum

Perseverance is sometimes but another word for self-reliance. Many persons naturally look on the dark side of life, and borrow trouble. They are born so. Then they ask for advice, and they will be governed by one wind and blown by another, and cannot rely upon themselves. Until you can get so that you can rely upon yourself, you need not expect to succeed. PT Barnum

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The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

There was a bull named Ferdinand. He didn’t like to butt his head around and play with others. His hobby was to smell the flowers. The pasture under the cork tree was his favorite spot to smell flowers. This led to his mum (a cow) worrying about him. Despite persuasion, Ferdinand preferred the flowers to butting his head amongst his peers. His mother let him be and allowed him to happy. Most bulls wanted to be selected to be involved in bull fights in Spain and tried to prove themselves. Even though Ferdinand was much bigger now, his habits didn’t change.

One day, men came in to select the bull that would contest the bull fights. Ferdinand didn’t feel the need to impress them and just sat under the tree. Unfortunately, he sat on a bee and got stung. As it hurt, he ran around puffing and snorting and started butting the ground. The men saw that and selected Ferdinand as their winner. It was the day of the bull fight. It was a big ceremony with many festivities. Ferdinand entered the ring and stood in the centre. Many were expecting him to start charging around. There weren’t any flowers in the ring and Ferdinand just sat there quietly. The performers in the ring were all so disappointed and sad. They took Ferdinand home. Now, he could continue to smell the flowers and be happy.

The End

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

This is a type of cautionary fiction that is about a world/society which hasn’t existed. This book was first published in 1953. The major themes of the book are independent thought, censorship, government control, self-reflection, the value of books etc. Ideas are always special and should be treasured. What do you care about?

Montag was a fireman who burned books for a living. The houses and its belongings were all fireproof and there was no need for ordinary firemen who put out fires. One day, he met his new neighbor called Clarisse. She was only 17. Clarisse had this ability to slow things down and appreciate the finer beauties in life. Paying attention to the finer details in life was something she was good at. Montag began to start questioning his life. Mildred, his wife, was addicted to drugs and television. Like almost everyone else, they didn’t know how to think for themselves. There was always plenty of violence on the streets. Montag owned an intelligent mechanical dog called the Hound and its job was to look after the firemen when they burned books. Books were banned in the town and a woman was scalded to death when she refused to leave her house when the firemen burned it. This led Montag thinking about the value of books. He secretly stole a book and kept it in his house. In the meantime, Clarisse seemed to have disappeared. Gradually, Montag realized he didn’t like his wife anymore. Radio and TV and propaganda had a huge impact on the general population. The government wanted everyone to be pleasant and wanted people to not think, yet feel happy. Conflicting thoughts led to unhappiness. If men didn’t understand history, they would not compare their current state with previous generations. His wife found out that he was hiding books and was furious.

Professor Faber wanted to preserve the books and met Montag. Self-reflection was something that no one practiced. Faber gave him a special communication chip that Montag could wear so that he could overhear his conversations with other men. Montag was heading off for his next assignment.

The firemen arrived at Montag’s house. Apparently, the hound was hired by the government to spy on him and it detected the presence of books in Montag’s house. Mildred left in a hurry and never returned. Beatty, a fireman, burned his books and realized that he was wearing a wire. In a fit of rage, Montag torched both Beatty and the hound to death. The entire town was looking for Montag, the fugitive. Mass media highlighted that a man was on the loose. Despite the constant surveillance, the injured Montag and Haber managed to escape to a railroad. The apparent victim ‘Montag’ was seized by the Hound. However, it was just a cover-up plan by the government to show its efficiency and the real Montag was safe. A group of academics met Montag and each produced their books. They devised a unique way of reading and memorizing all the facts in the books. This was the safest way of going undetected. The plan was to teach the younger generations on the facts and ideas contained in the books. Shape the world and do things via your actions!

We must all be alike. Not everyone born free and equal, as the Constitution says, but everyone made equal. Each man the image of every other; then all are happy, for there are no mountains to make them cower, to judge themselves against. A book is a loaded gun in the house next door. Burn it. Take the shot from the weapon. Breach man’s mind. – Beatty

 

You can’t build a house without nails and wood. If you don’t want a house built, hide the nails and wood. If you don’t want a man unhappy politically, don’t give him two sides to a question to worry him; give him one. Better yet, give him none. Let him forget there is such a thing as war. – Beatty

 

Cram them full of noncombustible data, chock them so damned full of ‘facts’ they feel stuffed, but absolutely ‘brilliant’ with information. Then they’ll feel they’re thinking, they’ll get a sense of motion without moving…Don’t give them any slippery stuff like philosophy and sociology to tie things up with. That way lies melancholy. – Beatty

 

Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shows made…Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. – Mr Granger

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