Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury

General Overview

The novel "Fahrenheit 451" is wrapped around the concept of censoring the general populace from any possible source of controversy or boredom. Enforcing the use of television, getting rid of front porches/patios, and, especially, burning books. This world's society had been entirely shut out from all of the wonders of the rest of the world. However, there are only a handful of people who are willing to protest against the majority of society, and, had they done so, death would be the penalty. Montag, the main character, is in an awkward position, being part of a group who are most strict-minded towards the views of the government, the Fire Department. Later in the book, he comes out of his fearful shell, and shares his views of books and how they are illegal. He gets into trouble and the book ends with him in hiding, trying to find a way back to the city.


The main character in this novel is Guy Montag (mainly known as just "Montag"). Montag is a middle-aged man who is also a fireman, who sets fire to books, since they are illegal by the government.
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Fahrenheit 451 takes place in a dystopian society where books have become illegal by the government. Most of the main events occur at either the central character's house or at random houses throughout the city. This is because the story follows the main character, Montag, since he commonly travels to houses burning the books on the inside, as his job.
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To cause to move forward with force.


To make into a powder by breaking up or cause to become dust.


To make lighter or brighter.
Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire


"Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash is related to "Fahrenheit 451" because of it's message accompanied with fire. "I fell into a burning ring of fire," is the first line in the chorus of the song. It tells how if you get too close to danger, or something risky in doing, you can fall in, and "burn up" in the process.

Reviews for the book "Fahrenheit 451"

Both these novels [the review includes David Karp's mostly forgotten work One] are political-psychological fantasies about the future. Both are quite frightening in their implications. Both are declarations of faith in the ability of a few men to resist the pressure of an unimaginable powerful state and keep alive a tradition of human worth and individual dignity. Both are brilliantly effective protests against the degraded ideal of mindless happiness and slavish social conformity that their authors consider the most sinister threat to modern men. Both novels contain some amusing science-fiction gadgetry. Both are tense, dramatic, thoughtful and disturbing.

~Orville Scott, New York Times


Bradbury’s powerful and poetic prose combines with uncanny insight into the potential of technology to create a novel which, decades on from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock.