Fahrenheit 451: an Overview

Topics: Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury, Dystopia Pages: 7 (2025 words) Published: January 30, 2013
University of Ljubljana
Faculty of Arts
Department of English

Fahrenheit 451: An Overview


Jan Friderik Grant

A paper
submitted in fulfilment
of the requirements for the course
American Novel

Supervisor: Date of submission:
Red. prof. dr. Jerneja Petrič5 December 2012
Table of Contents
Table of Contents1
1. Introduction3
2. About the Author4
3. About the Novel5
3.1. Background5
3.2. Major Characters6
3.2.1. Guy Montag6
3.2.2. Clarisse McClellan7
3.2.3. Mildred Montag7
3.2.4. Captain Beatty7
3.2.5. Professor Faber8
3.3. Themes8
4. List of References9


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1. Introduction

2. About the Author
Ray Douglas Bradbury, now one of the best-known science fiction and fantasy writers of all time, was born on August 22, 1920, in Waukegan, Illinois, as the third son of Leonard Spaulding Bradbury and Esther Marie Moberg Bradbury. He graduated in 1938 and then spent four years working as a newspaper salesman in Los Angeles, and it was not until 1943 that he became a full-time writer ("About Ray Bradbury" 2010). He wrote most of his best-known works in the late 1940s and the 1950s. These works include The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Fahrenheit 451 and Dandelion Wine. The 1950s also saw the publication of several collections of his short stories. Bradbury achieved mainstream popularity in 1950, after Christopher Isherwood, a well-known literary critic, wrote a positive review of his short story collection The Martian Chronicles, which is widely considered to be Bradbury's greatest achievement (Reid 2000). However, Bradbury was not only active as a writer of novels and short stories; he was also a prolific playwright and screenwriter, and adapted a total of sixty-five of his stories for television ("About Ray Bradbury" 2010). He received a number of awards and honors for his literary work during his lifetime, including a World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 1977 World Fantasy Convention, a Grand Master Nebula Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and three Bram Stoker Awards from the Horror Writers Association (Reid 2000). He was also nominated for an Academy Award for his animated film Icarus Montgolfier Wright, and his teleplay of The Halloween Tree earned him an Emmy Award ("About Ray Bradbury" 2010). Bradbury died in Los Angeles on June 5, 2012, after a long illness (Duke 2012) and was buried, in accordance with his wishes, under a headstone engraved with the words "Author of Fahrenheit 451" (Miller 2012).

3. About the Novel
For organizational purposes, the contents of this section are further divided into five subsections: Background, Characters, Themes and Imagery. 3.1. Background
Fahrenheit 451, published in 1953, is actually based on two of Bradbury's earlier works. The central premise was originally used in a short story written by Bradbury in 1947 under the title of "Bright Phoenix", though the work was not published until 1963 (Telgen 1998). In 1951, an extended version of the concept was published in the form of a 56-page novella entitled The Fireman (Telgen 1998; Slusser 1977). All three versions of the story contain the theme of book burning (Telgen 1998). As the novel was written not long after the Second World War and during the Cold War, Fahrenheit 451 appeared, as Eller (2012) puts it, "in [a] political climate of technologically supported suspicion and censorship, a climate which seemed to promise the possibility of the mass conformity in our citizenry." During World War II, the Nazis had burned hundreds of thousands of books...
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