Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury


The genre of this story is science fiction.


The theme of Fahrenheit 451 is that being able to keep your own opinion and ideas is an essential part of life. In the story, the citizens are given no decision in political matters and have become illiterate, because they have stopped reading books completely, due to their fear of conflicting opinions.


The protagonist of the story is Guy Montag, a firefighter who burns books for a living. Because of a young girl named Clarisse, he finally sees the flaws with his life and the society around him.


The antagonist in this story is the society of the world around Montag. The society has become a culture of violence, never having any meaningful conversation, and never being able to think independently.


The main setting of Fahrenheit 451 is the town that Montag lives in, set some place in the future. This setting greatly impacts the story, because it shows Montag how unpleasant his life truly is and convinces him that he must take action against the ban on books. The setting also impacts the story because the city is always under the threat of being bombed, which forces Montag to work much more quickly before he is killed.

Main Conflicts

The one conflict is Man vs. Society. When Montag sees the problems with his world and discovers his love for books, he decides to smuggle books from houses he burns. The more he reads, the more he wants to take action and somehow revive the usage of books.

The main conflict is Montag's struggle to escape the society he lives in. Over the course of the story, he betrays his wife and coworkers. The climax of the story is when Montag kills his fire captain and heads for the city's border. The conflict is resolved when Montag outruns the police, and the city is obliterated by a bombing run.

Opinion of Book

I really enjoyed this story. It was an interesting story to follow and see develop. Ray Bradbury did an excellent job in making characters show emotion and wrote excellent dialogue for them.

Character Traits

Throughout the story, Montag acts very foolishly. At one point, he pulls out a book, and begins to read poetry in front of his house guests, an act which is completely illegal and blows his cover.

"At least you were a fool about the correct things," Page 116

Montag is a very understanding man. Despite being a fireman, who burns books for a living, he befriends a retired English professor, who Montag catches reading poetry out of a book in his jacket.

"That was all to it, really. An hour of monologue, a poem, a comment, an then withiut either acknowledging the fact Montag was a fireman, Faber, with a certain trembling, wrote his address on a slip of paper. "For your file," he said, "in case you decide to be angry at me." "I'm not angry," Montag said, surprised."

Montag is a very persistant man. When his wife gives up attempting to read the books, Montag still tries to push onward and read.

"God, Millie, don't you see? An hour a day, two hours, with ghese books, and maybe..."