[2015] Christopher Kang: Fahrenheit 451

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[2015] Christopher Kang: Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheight 451

By: Ray Bradbury

Lexile: 890

Genre: Sci-Fi/

Dystopian Fiction


Fahrenheit 451 takes place in an unspecified city, sometime in the 24th century. The main character lives in a city where everything is seemingly perfect, and society starts only prioritizing “fun”, and “enjoyment”, even outlawing books, and rejecting education & curiosity. Most citizens are content with their life, and take place in almost no activities, other than watching TV, and conversing with their family. In truth, a nuclear war is actually occurring, but the people are unaware, and are deceived into having a false sense of security. Most of the story takes place in the city, and the wilderness outside of the city boundaries.


The main conflict is that society is becoming increasingly "useless". They are accustom to using technology so much, that they depend on it for their daily lives. Contrary to now, where people work, cook, play, write, exercise, etc, in their dystopian society, they take place in only passive activities, such as watching TV, and talking. The secondary conflict is Guy Montag’s struggle against society, and his direct superior, Captain Beatty. Both of the conflicts are Man vs. Society.

CharactersThe protagonist in this story is Guy Montag, a fireman. In this version of society, firemen burn books rather than putting out fires. Contrary to Montag’s malevolent profession, he starts to have doubts in his career when he starts reading books. The main antagonist in this story is Captain Beatty, and society in general. Although he is a fireman, he actually is a well read person, but hates all who read books. He is portrayed to be cunning, devious, and is one of the main antagonists in the story. Another character, Clarisse McClellan, is a 17 year old girl who opened Montag to a world of books, knowledge, and old secrets that have been hidden from him. One of the supporting characters in this book is Professor Faber. He is one of the few people left in the city that is interested in literature, and is determined to expand his knowledge. He is portrayed to be brave, courageous, and was willing to place himself in danger to help Montag. This story is told from Montag’s point of view.

ResolutionThe resolution in the story is when the city in which Montag lived was destroyed, and he joins a book loving society outside of the city. The city was destroyed in the nuclear war, but none of the people fled. The people didn’t flee because they had a false sense of security, and were oblivious to the outside world. Guy Montag gives a brief description of what he believes happened the moment the bombs dropped. He believes that almost no one fled, because they were watching the war unfold from their TVs.

ThemeThe theme in this story is wisdom, and knowledge. The story is centered around this in many ways. In this society, people have been “trained” to dislike, even reject completely, all knowledge and are used to not being aware of their surroundings. This is centered around knowledge because it shows the importance of all knowledge and education, by showing what happens if we do not learn, grow, and improve ourselves.

Oskar Werner as Guy Montag in the film:Fahrenheit 451.

A Mechanical Hound

"Our civilization is flinging itself to pieces. Stand back from the centrifuge.” - Proffeser Faber(pg.84)

"If you hide your ignorance, no one will hit you and you'll never learn.” - Proffeser Faber (pg.104)

Report By: Christopher

The Salamader, A symbol on Guy Montag's uniform.

A hearth, which is a symbol of home. A hearth contains fire, which is a major part of Montag's life as a fireman.


Bibliography“SparkNotes.” SparkNotes. SparkNotes, n.d. Web. 5 Jun. 2015. Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1967. Print.“Lit. Elements Of Fahrenheit 451.” Google Docs. N.p., n.d. Web. 5 Jun. 2015. ImagesGuy Montag (Oskar Werner):http://imageserver.moviepilot.com/why-we-need-fahrenheit-451-as-a-young-adult-dystopia-98daa0eb-437b-4c0b-bf82-3ab6f20b2134.jpegBook Cover:https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/yWOkWV1XawChPSdzq6nndovEMjmd8M2rZ-jcU-PzrFCFPjT_pu-XVwfK6lOnTJ-Tb1iM4g=s85Mechanical Hound:https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/HH8uUB4WWr2gG0AXo8lG9pOpAr3nGdFs4jOFXkqFoXZKhhQiqXRFiSQkg6j_1vki7QLSDhY=s108Salamander:http://pixabay.com/static/uploads/photo/2012/05/04/09/10/lizard-46815_640.pngHearth:https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/YNaNknb3Xl8Rdktk_3aJpgmMw7OPNw-ZS5KKcIkv9-zPQ0ubVHCqV8VmyHNVZ53kmaDYOQ=s113Ray Bradbury:http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/69/Ray_Bradbury_(1975)_-cropped-.jpg

Ray Bradbury, the author.

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