Fahrenheit 451


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Book Title: Fahrenheit 451 Author: Ray Bradbury Original
date of publication: 1953 Part A.) The Author. Visit the
reference section of a library. Drawing from at least two
sources, share the life story of the author. Discuss how the
author’s life and circumstances may have influenced the
novel. (Use your own words.) Ray Bradbury Ray Bradbury
was born in Waukegan, Illinois on August 22, 1920. Ray
Bradbury is an American novelist, short-story writer,
essayist, playwright, screenwriter, and poet. Bradbury’s first
book that got published was “Hollerbochens Dilemma”.
Bradbury’s most popular novel, was Fahrenheit 451, it was
released in 1953. Ray Bradbury has been awarded the O.
Henry Memorial Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award in
1954. Bradbury was an imaginative child, and being the
creative child he was he was prone to nightmares. I think the
way he thought when he was a child is finally coming out and
he is writing about his fantasies. Source: May, Keith M.
Aldous Huxley. Paul Elek Books Ltd., 1972 Source: Allen,
Walter The Modern Novel. Dutton, 1964 Part B.) The Plot.
In clear careful sentences. Summarize the plot. Try to limit
your synopsis to 300-350 words. This book takes place in
the future, in Elm City. The book takes place around a man
named, Guy Montage. Guy was married to his wife, Mildred
Montage. Guy had an unusual job; it was not to put out fires
but to start them. He would start books on fire, because it
was against the law to read books. The reason the books
were being burnt was because people were afraid of them,
they thought they put bad ideas in your head that you don’t
need, at least that is what Guys boss Captain Beatty
believed. Guy never thought he was doing anything wrong till
he talked to a seventeen-year-old girl, who said that people
weren’t always afraid of books. Then the next time he was
supposed to burn some books, he took one home with him.
Later on his boss Captain Beatty found out, and she said this
was his only chance, and he ignored it and she later burns
down his house, and then his wife left him because of it. All
he had was a book, and with that he fought the society.
Discuss (describe) the scene you find the most dramatic. The
scene I found to be the most dramatic, would have to be
when Guy was on a burning streak, and he got to a house
with a women and a lot of books, she would not get out of
the house so he could burn the books, so he burnt her with
the books, killing her. Share the scene you find the most
amusing. If there is not one, discuss this. The one scene I
found the most amusing would have to be when Guy and his
wife, Mildred were in the house looking at some books
when his boss Captain Beatty, made a surprise visit. Once
they saw her at the door they scrambled around the house to
try to hide the books so she wouldn’t see them, while yelling,
“be there in a minute Beauty”. If you could Change anything
about the plot, what would it be and why? If I could change
anything about the plot I might change the part about
Clarisse McClellan, the girl my age, to live instead of dying
like she does in the book. The reason I say that is because,
she is the one who opened Guys eyes to see that what he
was doing was wrong. Part C. The Setting. Explain the main
setting (time and place) of the novel. This book took place in
a little city named, Elm City. The novel took place in the
future. Does the setting change? How? The setting does
change, it changes when he got caught reading books, from
then on he had to flee his city, and run from the law. Would
the story be effective if it were set in another time/place?
Explain. I don’t think the book would be as effective in the
past or present, because we know the past, and present,
and according to this book, it is not true. What truth about
society or about human condition does this book reveal? In
this novel, Guy Montage has a wife Mildred. Just like in
today’s society they fight. What is different is that unlike
today’s society they still stay together, instead of getting
divorced. The Montages also thought that was the way a
marriage was supposed to be like. Guy Montage is able to
see through the government and the official policies of his
society. He does by questioning everything around him.