François Truffaut and Ray Bradbury: The battle of Yahoo! Answers

When it comes down to finally making a movie, the director obviously has to make big decisions regarding how the movie will be different from the book. François Truffaut, the director of the film Fahrenheit 451 had changed what was in the original novel, the Fahrenheit 451 written by Ray Bradbury. Bryn and I created a series of Yahoo! Answers (question and answers) that we thought were based on some of the most significant changes of the film adaptation. These questions included how the director changed the original character, Mildred, or Mrs. Montag’s name into Linda, Montag’s overall ranking in the fire department, and the omission of the characters Granger and Faber, who were two key characters following Clarisse’s death.

We used an online Yahoo! Answers generator called Simitator to create these pictures. I already knew this website had a Yahoo! Answers generator, so we thought it would be interesting to use this prompt to show how Ray Bradbury’s and François Truffaut’s ideas were different. Because we used this specific prompt, we tried to use voice in the text, for example, while the author and director’s voice would sound formal, we tried to make the question-asker’s voice very informal, for that kind of text was very common in Yahoo.

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*Warning: Major Spoilers Below*


 

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Ray Bradbury may have picked this name “Mildred” because of its original meaning. In Old English, the name “Mildred” means “gentle strength”, which reflects slightly on her overall persona and behaviour in the novel. She behaved as a very confident figure, always able to speak her mind.
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In the film, Montag’s wife, Mildred, had been renamed as “Linda”. This may have been because the original meaning of the name “Linda”, which meant soft, or tender. In the movie, Linda appeared more sensitive than in the book. For example, during her parlour wall program, she had been hesitant and felt uncomfortable when she couldn’t answer the question.

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In the novel, Bradbury did not highlight any fact that Montag was any better than any other fireman. This may have been because he wanted to show how all the firemen were alike.
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In the film, Montag was different than the average fireman. In fact, Beatty was just about to promote him. Truffaut probably added this to show a bigger change in him, from being a top notch fireman with a respectable stance to a fugitive of the law.

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In the original novel, Clarisse, Faber, and Granger were the three characters who helped/changed Montag. Because of Clarisse’s death, Faber and Granger had to fill the gap and help Montag as Clarisse would.
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Truffaut made big changes regarding Clarisse, Faber and Granger. Firstly, the character of Clarisse was completed changed. While in the novel she was seventeen-year old student, in the movie she was a 20-year old teacher. In addition to the age, the entire personality changed. Originally, Clarisse appeared confident, talkative, spontaneous and headstrong in the novel, whereas in the film she became very sensitive, quieter, calm and elegant. The director must have added this to show how similar Linda and Clarisse were, especially by using the same actress for different roles. Both were sensitive and less talkative than their novel version of themselves, though they were opposites, for one changed Montag, while the other turned on him. Let’s not forget Granger and Faber. Because Clarisse was never killed in the movie, Faber and Granger were never needed to fill the gap. The director may have done this because he wanted one character to take a much bigger role, instead of making them less important by splitting that role three-ways.

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I got the featured image here.

I used this name website to find the meanings of the two names.

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