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Farenheit 451

Author: Ray Bradbury

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The setting in this story in unbelievably not well defined, however Ray Bradbury left us a few subtle cues. First off, it is definitely set in a post- atomic war dystopia. Since 1990, there have been 2 atomic wars, however the community Guy lives in seems to be unscathed. It also explains that the year the story is taking place in 2022. As well, the city is located somewhere in the United States of America, however there is just one bit of the setting that is not at all mentioned, being where the city is located in the country. By deduction, it is within two weeks walking distance of St. Louis. The reasoning behind this is when Faber says to Guy "if we're both in good health, next week, the week after, get in touch, General Delivery, St. Louis." (Page 156, Bradbury) As well, Guy remembers that he and Mildred met in Chicago, which is most likely not far off from where they moved. So, by matter of deduction, I suspect that Guy lived somewhere in the midwest.

Farenheit 451

Meet the Author

My Thoughts on Farenheit 451

Ray Douglas Bradbury was born on August 22nd, 1920, and carried on a career in writing American fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery fiction novels that lasted for more than seventy years, being a recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation. However, all good things must inevitably go away, as he unfortunately passed away on June 5, 2012, at the age of 91 after a long illness. He lived in Los Angeles at the time. In such a long-winded career, Bradbury has definitely inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create. Bradbury's writing are prolific, being that he has written hundreds of short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays, and screenplays. He wrote such groundbreaking literature, including Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. As well as these classics, he wrote the screen play for John Huston's classic film adaptation of Moby Dick, where he was nominated for an Academy Award for his great work. He also adapted sixty-five of his stories for television's The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. In 2005, Bradbury published a book of essays titled Bradbury Speaks, in which he talked about his thoughts on life in general. In one piece, Bradbury writes that "In my later years I have looked in the mirror each day and found a happy person staring back. Occasionally I wonder why I can be so happy. The answer is that every day of my life I've worked only for myself and for the joy that comes from writing and creating. The image in my mirror is not optimistic, but the result of optimal behavior." He is succeeded by his four daughters, Susan Nixon, Ramona Ostergren, Bettina Karapetian, and Alexandra Bradbury, as well as eight grandchildren. His wife, Marguerite, passed away in 2003, after fifty-seven years of marriage. Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to tell the story of meeting the carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. At the end of his performance, Electrico reached out to the twelve-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his sword, and commanded, "Live forever!" Bradbury later said that he decided that that was the greatest idea he had ever heard. He started to write every day, his only break being his passing, where he most likely continues to write, wherever he be.

The decision of whether or not this book should be recommended to others was one debated for quite a while. First off, I have extremely mixed feelings about this book. It is on one hand a classic novel, portraying Ray Bradbury's social criticism on the world, and a has a decent mystery-like feel and writing style to the novel that at times can get quite immersive. However, these are not always a good thing. It is very deep at times, and can come off boring at times. As well, the writing style is very choppy, insinuating many thoughts at once, and barraging you with either too much, or too little detail. In the end, it all comes down to your reading preferences as well as your reading level. If you prefer the deep, mystery-like, dystopian novels that require you to think a lot about the meanings, this book is perfect for you. If you'd rather read books with more action, fantasy, or adventure, you seem to be out of luck, as this book contains bare-bones of each of these, and you'd be very regretful after choosing to read this book.

Guy Montag: Guy is the main protagonist of the book, being the point of view in narration. Guy is a "fireman", but he is the complete opposite in our society. However, in a post-atomic war dystopia, his occupation is quite normal. Guy burns books, as there is virtually no need for them anymore since most information comes from televisions. Guy doesn't just burn books because it's his job, but rather he enjoys it. The first line of the book explains his feelings towards burning perfectly, "It was a pleasure to burn." (Page 1, Bradbury). He goes along, living his normal life, until his beliefs are questioned with the introduction of Clarisse McClellan. She challenges him to question the social norms, and as the story porgresses, Guy takes the challenge to heart, eventually taking drastic steps to do so.There is not much of a character description, Guy hints as to what all firemen look like in general. He explains that they are "...men whose faces were sunburnt by a thousand real and ten thousand imaginary fires, whose work flushed their cheeks and fevered their eyes...they and their charcoal hair and soot-colored brows and bluish-ash-smeared cheeks where they had shaven close." (Page 30, Bradbury)Clarisse McClellan: The story's "rebel child", Clarisse shows up one day, and automatically changes Guy's life. It's easy to write Clarisse off as a whackjob, appeaing randomly one day, then up-and-vanishing a while later. However, she has the personality that is very intriguing, and beckons for exploration. She is described as being an "Old Soul", and is much wiser than Guy on many subjects (primarily those in the natural world.) Clarisse recieved more physical description than Guy, however these descriptions are still very vague. Clarisse is described as being a 17 year old, being quite beautiful and innocent looking. She had a slender, pale-white face, with deep brown eyes.Mildred Montag: Mildred is Guy's unattentive wife. Mildred is only interested in one thing: watching television with friends. Mildred is so attatched to her television, she starts to call them her relatives, knowing each by name and personality. In fact, she knows these fictional characters better than her husband, who she incessantly shrugs off, and makes very frank statements when talking to him. As unemotional as she seems, Mildred has a hidden darkness and pain that she harbors, as evident by her potential suicide attempt. Mildred's only physical description is that she is very sickly looking, seeming that a large gust would be enough to break her brittle bones.Captain Beatty: Captain Beatty is one of those characters where you're not sure whether you are supposed to like him, or if you are supposed to dislike him. He is quite wise with quoting scriptures, and old documents for being a chief fireman. He seems to be quite suspicious of Guy from the very beginning, having an odd air amongst him, even while he is talking to an "ill" Guy. Captain Beatty's physical description was that of all the other firemen, however having a certain trademark, being that he has a "pink face burnt and shiny from a thousand fires and night excitements" (pg. 39). Earlier on, it also describes Beatty's hands as being thin.Faber: Faber is a character that you don't get to learn much about, however what you learn is quite deep, and shows how character development works. Faber is a former English professor, who doesn't think much of himself. Faber says that he is very cowardly, and that he conforms to social norms at times to keep his books hidden, however as he begins to work with Guy, he starts to feel alive and feel like he is actually making a difference in life. Faber does not have really any physical description other than he is quite old, he has that particular smell of "oldness", and he trembles quite a bit, whether from fear or just his elderly age.Granger: Granger is one of the last main characters in the story, and one of the ones that really sets up the theme perfectly. Granger is the leader of the group of former educators, outcasted for their professions. He talks to Guy about how the spread of knowledge works amongst the group, and what their plans are for the future. He also explains to Guy how all of the government cover-ups have been working, and just how much has been hidden from Guy.

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