Fahrenheit 451 Major Work Analysis
1. Author. title genre.
Ray Bradbury, Novel , Science Fiction
2. Setting: time, place and any important literary or historical context. 1950–1953, Los Angeles, California, 1953 (a shorter version entitled “The Fireman” was published in 1951 in Galaxy Science Fiction) 3. Major characters
Guy Montag- Protagonist, named after the paper-manufacturing company. Montag quest with him burning books due to its be illegal in the society to him trying to understand books and saving them while the whole society turns on them. He goes through obstacles where he have to leave his wife, burning his supervisor, escaping through a train just to find the meaningful to live. Mildred Montag- Montag’s wife, who seems to have no hope of resolving the conflicts with herself. She tried to commit suicide because of her great obsession with “The Wall” The television. With the only family she have is the soap opera she watches on the television. She ended up being unaware of herself trying to commit suicide, then later on betrays Montag. Captain Beatty- Beatty is full of contradictions. He is a book burner with a vast knowledge of literature, someone who obviously cared passionately about books at some point. It is important to note that Beatty’s entire speech to Montag describing the history of the firemen is strangely ambivalent, containing tones of irony, sarcasm, passion, and regret, all at once. Beatty calls books treacherous weapons, yet he uses his own book learning to manipulate Montag mercilessly. Faber- Faber who lives in the shaqs hiding from society because he read books. manipulate Montag via his two-way radio to accomplish the things his cowardice has prevented him from doing himself, acting as the brain directing Montag’s body. He guides Montag through the struggles and his quest that he has until later on, the firemen found Faber and killed him. 4.Plot Summary:
Guy Montag is a fireman who burns books in a futuristic American city. In Montag’s world, firemen start fires rather than putting them out. The people in this society do not read books, enjoy nature, spend time by themselves, think independently, or have meaningful conversations. Instead, they drive very fast, watch excessive amounts of television on wall-size sets, and listen to the radio on “Seashell Radio” sets attached to their ears. Montag encounters a gentle seventeen-year-old girl named Clarisse McClellan, who opens his eyes to the emptiness of his life with her innocently penetrating questions and her unusual love of people and nature. Over the next few days, Montag experiences a series of disturbing events. First, his wife, Mildred, attempts suicide by swallowing a bottle of sleeping pills. Then, when he responds to an alarm that an old woman has a stash of hidden literature, the woman shocks him by choosing to be burned alive along with her books. A few days later, he hears that Clarisse has been killed by a speeding car. Montag’s dissatisfaction with his life increases, and he begins to search for a solution in a stash of books that he has stolen from his own fires and hidden inside an air-conditioning vent. When Montag fails to show up for work, his fire chief, Beatty, pays a visit to his house. Beatty explains that it’s normal for a fireman to go through a phase of wondering what books have to offer, and he delivers a dizzying monologue explaining how books came to be banned in the first place. According to Beatty, special-interest groups and other “minorities” objected to books that offended them. Soon, books all began to look the same, as writers tried to avoid offending anybody. This was not enough, however, and society as a whole decided to simply burn books rather than permit conflicting opinions. Beatty tells Montag to take twenty-four hours or so to see if his stolen books contain anything worthwhile and then turn them in for incineration. Montag begins a long and frenzied night...
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