Classic English Literature

Please follow the directions in the file. Do not forget HIGHLIGHT words in Color 1, 2, and 3. And answers 3 question. You do not need to answer too long. 

Directions:  Read the two passages that introduce both Montag & Clarisse.  In your close read, follow these steps to help you arrive at your answer at the bottom:

  • Color #1: Highlight the colors used in the passage
  • Color #2: Highlight the four most descriptive adjectives used in the passage [not colors]
  • Color #3: Highlight the four most descriptive verbs used in the passage



It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed?  With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world, the blood pounded in his head, and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history. With his symbolic helmet numbered 451 on his stolid head, and his eyes all orange flame with the thought of what came next, he flicked the igniter and the house jumped up in a gorging fire that burned the evening sky red and yellow and black. He strode in a swarm of fireflies. He wanted above all, like the old joke, to shove a marshmallow on a stick in the furnace, while the flapping pigeon-winged books died on the porch and lawn of the house. While the books went up in sparkling whirls and blew away on a wind turned dark with burning.

Montag grinned the fierce grin of all men singed and driven back by flame.

He knew that when he returned to the firehouse, he might wink at himself, a minstrel man, burnt-corked, in the mirror. Later, going to sleep, he would feel the fiery smile still gripped by his face muscles, in the dark. It never went away, that. smile, it never ever went away, as long as he remembered. 


The autumn leaves blew over the moonlit pavement in such a way as to make the girl who was moving there seem fixed to a sliding walk, letting the motion of the wind and the leaves carry her forward. Her head was half bent to watch her shoes stir the circling leaves. Her face was slender and milk-white, and in it was a kind of gentle hunger that touched over everything with tireless curiosity. It was a look, almost, of pale surprise; the dark eyes were so fixed to the world that no move escaped them. Her dress was white and it whispered. He almost thought he heard the motion of her hands as she walked, and the infinitely small sound now, the white stir of her face turning when she discovered she was a moment away from a man who stood in the middle of the pavement waiting.

The trees overhead made a great sound of letting down their dry rain. The girl stopped and looked as if she might pull back in surprise, but instead stood regarding Montag with eyes so dark and shining and alive, that he felt he had said something quite wonderful.


Please respond to the following questions using details and several sentences!

  1. Using textual evidence, describe Montag. Who is he?
  2. Using textual evidence, describe Clarisse. Who is she?
  3. In what significant ways are Montag and Clarisse different?

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