Compare and Contrast Movie and Book of Fahrenheit 451

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Jacquelyn B. David
Professor V. P.
ENG 214
Fahrenheit 451

“Books can not be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can abolish memory... In this war, we know, books are weapons. And it is a part of your dedication always to make them weapons for man's freedom.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

Exactly these are the words that fueled the story of Fahrenheit 451. Fahrenheit 451 is a story that was written through a novel by Ray Bradbury and produced into a movie shortly after directed by Francois Truffaut. Both the novel and movie captured an envisioned utopian society through the activity of book burning. Book burning is a harsh regime in oppressing ideas of a culture or within a community. Both novel and movie emphasized the eminent series of events but each had a peculiar way of unraveling them.

As you read the novel, you visualize in your mind a huge fire swarming as firemen gather around to burn the books. I was picturing an enormous body of flames rising a few feet towards the sky. However, the movie only showed a few books being stacked on top of a small grill and then torched by a flamethrower. Not as big of a calamity that I was expecting after reading the book. For a moment, I thought the whole book burning idea shouldn’t even be stressed about after watching the movie. Which was really disappointing as the whole story is based upon book burning.

Other than that, the main scenes that were crucial in telling the story were stressed in the book and movie. Scenes like Meeting Clarisse, Burning the old lady and her home, Linda’s overdose episode, Linda’s friends being upset with poetry, Montag burning his own home, and meeting with “the book people” members out of the city. At least these main scenes that was chosen to display in the big screen was a delight to see. The way that Truffaut portrayed these scenes made the viewer understand easily the plot of the story.

Both movie and novel of Fahrenheit 451 captured Guy...
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