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Fahrenheit 451

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Fahrenheit 451 What does
"Fahrenheit 451" mean? Ray Bradbury a presentation
by
Lisa Ortwein "the temperature at which
book-paper catches fire
and burns" Plot Overview Guy Montag lives in a futuristic American city and works as a fireman
His job is to light fires to burn books, which have become illegal
People take no interest in politics or other important issues Pleasure is the only point of life! people watch TV on wall-size sets or listen
to "Seashell Radio" attached to their ears disturbing events Montag meets 17-year-old Clarisse McClellan who makes him realize the emptiness of his life
He experiences a series of :

1) His wife Mildred attempts suicide with an overdose of sleeping pills
2) When he and his colleagues want to burn the hidden literature of an
old woman, she chooses to be burnt alive with her books instead of
living without them
3) Clarisse dies in a car accident Montag starts to wonder about life and begins searching for solutions in books he was supposed to burn, but stole and hid in his apartment
Fire chief Captain Beatty visits Montag's house, when he does not show up for work
Beatty explains that Montag's behavior is normal for every fireman and gives him an ultimatum of 24 hours to turn the stolen books in "Faber" in a play at St. Michaels University School, Victoria BC in 2009 Montag goes to his wife looking for help, but she cannot understand him
He remembers meeting a retired English professor named Faber and contacts him Faber agrees to help Montag and they make up a plan to destroy the machinery of censorship
After Montag reads a poem out to Mildred and her friends, his wife turns him in
Captain Beatty forces Montag to burn his own house
To save himself Montag kills Beatty and flees
A manhunt of Montag is shown on tv, but when Montag can escape an innocent man is killed by the authorities to please the audience drawing of the Mechanical Hound, which is used to trace hidden books and to chase Montag through the city Outside the city Montag finds a group of educated men, who made it their profession to remember books they once read
Montag decides to join them
The city is destroyed by a bomb from the ongoing war almost nobody seemed to know about
The group returns to the city to help build a society where literature will be appreciated again Guy Montag Mildred Montag Professor Faber Captain Beatty Clarisse McClellan obsessed with watching TV, does not talk about anything else;
tries to kill herself but denies even knowing about that later on;
does not understand her husband and has no interest in Captain of the fire department; appears to be extremely well-read but hates books and people who are still interested in them retired English professor; still owns some books;
thinks that people could have stopped the burning of
books but missed their chance; describes himself as
a coward but shows courage when Montag comes to
him for help; helps him flee the town and puts himself
in danger for that 17-year-old girl; outcast; innocent;
see the world's potential for beauty;
loves nature and is interested in
other people; cannot stop herself
from asking questions;
genuinely happy with herself CHARACTERS Mildred turns her husband in key facts Genre:


Time and place
written:

date of first
publication:



Publisher: Science Fiction
Dystopian novel


1950–1953, Los Angeles


1953 (a shorter version entitled
“The Fireman” was published in 1951
in Galaxy Science Fiction)

Ballantine Books Ray Bradbury protagonist GUY mONTAG "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 gripped by his face muscles, in the dark. It never went away that smile, it never ever went away, as long as he remembered." (p.10) Montag likes being a fireman, he enjouys burning books and appears to be receiving pleasure from their destruction
he does not question what he is doing his faith in his profession and the society he lives in begins to decline shortly after he meets Clarisse "Is it true, that long ago fireman
put fires out instead of going to
start them?" "No. Houses have always been fireproof, take my word for it." Faced with the enormity and complexity of books for the first time Montag appears confused and overwhelmed
He has difficulty deciding what to do on his own and therefore searches for help
Montag develops a "deeper" side "Was-was it always like this? The firehouse, our work? I mean, well, once upon a time..." "And then Clarisse was gone. He didn't
know what there was about the
afternoon, but it was not seeing her somewhere in the world." rash
(for example
when he reads
the poem out to his wife and their friends) self-obsessed easily swayed sometimes not completely
aware of his actions deep desire to rebel against the society and give his life some meaning round character married *1920 - †2012 Themes censorship
No clear explanation why books are banned
Often interpreted as being critical
about state-sponsored censorship Knowledge vs.
Ignorance Knowledge shall be destroyed to provide equality and therefor happiness
Being ignorant is a basic belief of society
Montag fights this with is search for knowledge
he destroys his own unquestioning ignorance critical effects of TV and mass media
the society is responsible for the situation, not the state "Bradbury's
Interpretation" Trivia "Montag" is the name of an American paper
company, "Faber" a German pencil manufacturer
Bradbury confused Fahrenheit with Celsius, the "correct" title for the novel would be: „Fahrenheit 843: The Approximate Temperature at which
Rayon Fiber Untreated with N-methyl-dimethyl-
phosphonopropionamide Catches Fire, and Burns“ Adaptions 1966 film adaption by Francois Truffaut What are the differences
between the book and the
film by Truffaut? Adaptions "Equlibrium" (2002) was heavily influenced by
Fahrenheit 451 After a Third World War a totalitarian
state emerged (Libria);
the roots for all evil are seen in human emotion; all emotionally
stimulating material is banned and
citizens take emotion-suppressing drugs Sources
Ray Bradbury - Fahrenheit 451 (Harper Voyager, 2008)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fahrenheit_451
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fahrenheit_451

http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/451/summary.html
http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/451/characters.html
http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/451/themes.html

http://www.antiessays.com/free-essays/231909.html

http://blogs.smus.bc.ca/review/?s=fahrenheit+451#.UJUf8XZx25p

http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2012/203/0/7/fahrenheit_451_in_2012_by_celurian-d589j1b.jpg


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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060390/ Fahrenheit 451 - Possible? Structure key facts
Plot overview
Characters
CHARACTERIZATION GUY MONTAG
THEMES
ADAPTIONS
SOURCES
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