AP English Literature and Composition
MAJOR WORKS DATA SHEET
Title: Fahrenheit 451_____________________
Author: Ray Bradbury____________________
Date of Publication: 1953___________________
Genre: Science Fiction____________________
Biographical Information about the Author
Ray Bradbury was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. As a child he was into very mystical entertainment and writings. At 12 or 13 he started writing his own pieces. After high school he couldn’t afford college because they had no money it this was the time during the depression so he spent 3 days out of the week for 10 years in the library. He died June 5, 2012 in L.A., California.
Historical Information about the period of publication
-During the time of WWII and Nazis were burning books
-The atomic bomb was created in this time period
-Reading levels were starting to go down because of the television and its strong impact on society
Characteristics of the Genre
-Science fiction makes predictions about life in the future or in an alternative world. -addresses the issues that society has and is usually blunt about
Guy Montag is a fireman in charge of burning books and destroying anything and everything that has to do with knowledge and literature. Montag soon meets Clarisse and realizes that the knowledge and the world around him are different than what society says that it is. He then craves the knowledge and starts stealing the books from the houses that they are burning down. Later becoming friends with professor Faber, Montag is growing in his knowledge and creating a plan to take down the head fireman, Captain Beatty. Soon Beatty finds out what Montag has been doing and tries to expose him by making him burn his own house down. Montag later died trying to do so and Montag runs as a fugitive down the river where he meets a lot of people similar to himself. Montag then finds himself enjoying the group of intellectuals like...
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