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Fahrenheit 451; Ray Bradbury

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Fahrenheit 451; Ray Bradbury
Setting
Guy Montag
None of the characters in this book ever have
their looks described. Montag is very rash,
self-obsessed, can't speak well, and very easily
misguided. He tries to figure out his life and the
meaning but doesn't really think things through. He is
easily frustrated, confused, and overwhelmed. Other characters view him as a typical firefighter at the
beginning and a little psychotic towards the end of the
book.
Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 451 Trivia
Published by Ballantine Books in 1953
It has 179 pages
It is a dystopian novel
It has a third-person point of view
Time
This book takes place in the future
(when it was written) but it was about
present day for us.
Bradbury tries to show in the novel that if people
in his day kept using technology the way they were
it would escalate to such a degree that technology
would become the only things in our lives and would
eventually consume us.
Place
Awards This
Book has Won
American Academy of Arts & Letters (1945)
Commonwealth Club of California gold medal (1945)
Prometheus "Hall of Fame" award (1984)
"Retro" Hugo Award (1954) one of only 3 given
Ray Bradbury
was born on August 22,
1920 and died on June 5,
2012. His parents were Esther
and Leonard Bradbury. He had
three siblings; Leonard Jr, Sam,
and Elizabeth Jane. He was married to Marguerite McClure
and had four daughters;
Susan, Ramona, Bettina,
Alexandra.
Bradbury always
wanted to "go into one of
the arts" and his aunt always
read him short stories when he was young, so he decided to
become an author. Some of his
other works are "The Martian
Chronicles", "Dandelion Wine",
"Something Wicked This Way
Comes", "The Illustrated Man",
and "Dark Carnival"
FUN FACTS!
Bradbury wrote this book
on a typewriter that cost 20
cents an hour in the basement of
a library. He wrote Fahrenheit 451
in __ hours. He won an Emmy, the
National Medal of Arts, J Lloyd
Eaton Lifetime Achievement Award
in Science Fiction, and had a
crater in the moon and an
asteroid named
after him,
This book made people rethink their involvement in
society and the way they spend their time. It also
foreshadowed how things might end up if we stay
so plugged in. The scary thing is that Bradbury
practically predicted the future.
When this book was written east Berlin
was rising against the communist rule, Joseph Stalin died, the Korean armistice was signed, and General Dwight D. Eisenhower was inaugurated President of the United States.
Most of the story takes place in an unknown city and part of it takes place outside of the city.
I think the city is specifically unnamed to show that there is no variety between cities and they're all the same.
Mildred Montag
Mildred watches TV constantly and when she
ISN'T watching TV she has earbuds in. She is
always plugged in to electronics and rarely talks to
Montag. From what I can tell Mildred, on the outside,
seems to enjoy her life but on the inside I don't think she
does. In the beginning of the book she attempts suicide and
then when Montag mentions it, she claims she has no idea
what he's talking about. She seems to be a typical middle-aged housewife of this society. I think she is in this book to
show how non-involved almost everyone in this society it.
Captain Beatty
Beatty is very complex and contradictory. He
is a fireman but he can easily quote novels and
poetry. He is completely bent on the new way. no matter
what his past was he now believes books are useless,
evil, and must be destroyed. He is the Fire Chief so people
look up to him and treat him as a superior. I hated him for
turning Montag and thought he ultimately got what he deserved,
but something must have happened to him before the new ways
because he was obviously a book-lover at one point. In a screen-
play written by Ray Bradbury there is a scene where Beatty has
Montag at his house. He takes him into a room with thousands
of books lining the walls. Montag says, "But you're the Chief
Burner! You can't have books on your premises!" Beatty
replied, "It's not OWNING books that's a crime, Montag, it's
reading them. Don't you see the beauty? I never read
them. Not one book, not one chapter, not one page,
not on paragraph. I DO play with ironies, don't I?"
Beatty is hard to understand and I think the
only person who did was Bradbury
himself.
Professor Faber
Faber is an older man that was once an
English professor but was out of a job when no
one was enrolling in English classes. He is always
very nervous and worried Montag and him will be found
out. He switches between being cowardly and heroic. When
he harbors Montag he is a hero, but afterward he tells Montag
run then doing the same himself. He is mostly a recluse and
spends his time reading and is thought to be odd since he own
one very small TV.
In case what I'm writing
is totally boring you listen to
John Green's thoughts on the first third
of the book BELOW!!
we got some super-puff going on in this video!!
Clarisse McClellan
Clarisse is described as having snow-white skin
and dark eyes and being very beautiful by Montag.
When Clarisse first meets Montag she says, "I'm seven-
teen and I'm crazy. My uncle says the two always go
together." She reads, loves nature, and even dances in the
rain. She goes against everything society tried to make her.
Society views her as crazy and an outcast. I think Clarisse was
an amazing character. I loved her because she was one of the few
people in the society who actually seemed human! I loved to watch
how she brought out the human side of Montag and made him
realize how truly unhappy he was. Is it better to be unhappy and
not realize it or to realize it? I think to realize it because then you
can try to do something about it and have a chance at being
happy. I think that is what Clarisse did. Yes she made Montag
realize he was miserable, but then he did something
about it and yeah that didn't turn out as well as it
could have but at least he could finally have his
books.
Symbolism
Theme
Plot Summary
The first part of this book is called
"The Hearth and The Salamander" A hearth
is somewhere where a fire is lit. The Salamander
is the symbol of the firemen and what they call their
firetrucks. This chapter is meant to represent fire and
the firemen.

Another symbol are mirrors. Granger says
that when they rebuild the city they need a mirror factory
and take a good look at themselves and Montag compares
Clarisse to a mirror. The mirrors represent being able to see
yourself as you really are or self-understanding which is
kind of a main theme in this book.
Censorship is the main theme of this book.
Captain Beatty says, “It didn't come from the
Government down. There was no dictum, no
declaration, no censorship, to start with, no! Technology,
mass exploitation, and minority pressure carried the trick,
thank God.” The sad thing about this book isn't that the
government suddenly decided "People can no longer read
books!" We decided on our own. The majority of us just decided
that books weren't worth keeping and the few that thought they
WERE worth keeping, were shot down (probably literally)
You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them
The Heart & The Salamander
Guy Montag is just a normal guy (haha) who goes about
his job. On the way home one day he meets Clarisse- a 17
year old girl who shows him what life truly is. When Montag gets
home he sees that his wife, Mildred, has attempted suicide. A
machine and its operators come and get all the poison out of her
blood. When Montag is worried it won't work the operator assures him
it will and says "we get these cases 9 or 10 a night" One day on the job Montag sees a woman who blows herself up because she would rather
die than see herbooks burn. Later that day Montag mentions Clarisse to Mildred and Mildred tells him Clarisse is dead. We learn that Montag has been hiding books in an air-vent for years. Beatty comes to Montag's
house when he doesn't show up for work. Beatty tells him how the
censorship came to be and tells him books are dangerous because
they have ideas and ideas are dangerous. He gives Montag 24
hours to see if the books are worth while and then he has to turn
them in to be incinerated. Montag dedicates his night to reading
every single book he has hidden.
The Sieve & The Sand
Montag remembers an English professor named
Faber and he goes to see him. Faber tells him "You
not only need books but the leisure to read them and the
freedom to act upon their ideas. Montag and Faber begin
a plot to go against everything society has tried to teach them.
Montag goes home and explodes on two of Mildred's friends
(because they were talking so frivolously about their families and
"the war"), reading from a book to them and giving himself away.
Montag goes to the station and gives Beatty a single book. Beatty
says he is disappointed and then an alarm goes off. They go to
answer the call and it turns out to be Montag's house.
Burning Bright
When they arrive at Montag's house Mildred
walks out with a suitcase and gets into a cab,
revealing her betrayal to her husband. Beatty makes
Montag burn his own house and taunts him. Montag then
turns the flamethrower on Beatty who does nothing to stop
him. Montag leaves Beatty's body and runs to Faber's then
learns from watching TV that he is being tracked. He runs again
and Faber says he is going to see a retired printer in St Louis who
he thinks can help them. Montag goes to the river and the people
pursuing him loose his trail. Montag stumbles along the bank and
finds "The Book People" They tell him how they dedicate their
to remembering the books they have read and eventually hope
to write them all down, when the world is safer. Enemy jets come
and bomb the city, obliterating it. Montag and The Book People
go to "find survivors and rebuild civilization."
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