Fahrenheit 451

By Ray Bradbury

Setting:

Suburban city in the twenty first century.

Main Characters:

Guy Montag: An unhappy 30 year old man. A firefighter. Eventually realizes how empty he feels and decides to read books to fill that void.


Mildred Montag: Guy Montag's wife. She tried to commit suicide by swallowing a bottle of pills. She does not like to talk about her feelings or her marriage.


Captian Beatty: Captain of the fire departments. He hates books and the people that read them.


Professor Faber: A retired English professor. He still has a few book in his home but hopes to have more one day. He believes the way society is, is because of cowardice people like him. Faber believes things would be okay if people spoke out instead of stay quiet.


Clarisse McClellan: a 17 year old girl who shows Montag the potential of the world.


Granger: The leader of the "book people"

Conflict:

This society is a society where there is very little personal interaction. People would rather interact between the T.V. and not with each other. The firefighter crew and Montags wife want Montag to give up his individualism and go with the flow like the rest of society.
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About the author and his novel, Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury was born August 22nd, 1920. His family drove across the country to Los Angeles in 1934. At every library, Ray got out to look for L. Frank Baum's Oz books. In 2005, Ray was interviewed in Los Angeles about one of his most famous books, Fahrenheit 451. Dana Gioia asked Ray, "What was the origin of the idea of books being burned in the novel?" Ray answered with Hitler and the libraries in Alexandria being burned five thousand years ago. " Since I'm self-educated, that means my educators—the libraries—are in danger. And if it could happen in Alexandria, if it could happen in Berlin, maybe it could happen somewhere up ahead, and my heroes would be killed."

I was suprised when...

Guy was reading books with his wives friends in the house. Mildreds friends got offended and filed and report against Guy. Not soon after, Mildred betrayed her own husband, set their house on fire, packed a bag and left him.

My favorite part...

My favorite part in Fahrenheit 451 is when beaty is explainin the history of censorship. "Out of the nursery into the college and back to the nursery; there’s your intellectual pattern for the past five centuries" This part of the book almost explains how life is today. When you're born, you're born in a nursery. You go to college and you study for a good job. After years go by you retire, and your back to having to be taken care of.