Summary Of Fahrenheit 451 By Ray Bradbury

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The author of Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury, was born on August 22, 1920, in Waukegan, Illinois. Throughout his life Bradbury was married to Marguerite McClure and had four children with her, Susan Nixon, Ramona Ostergren, Bettina Karapetian and Alexandra BradBury. Bradbury graduated from high school in 1938, during the great depression, therefore did not have the funds to attend college. According to www.Biography.com, Bradbury stated, ‘“[i] couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three times a week for 10 years’” (“Ray”). He became a very successful and well respected writer, according to his website, www.Raybradbury.com, “In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury has inspired generations of readers to dream, think …show more content…

He is a fireman who burns down houses with books and arrests people who read for a living. He met his neighbor Clarisse and right away noticed that she was different; she asked questions and and looked for the deeper meaning of things, therefore it made her not accepted in the society they lived in. One day he notices that Clarisse has vanished and had asked his boss Beatty if he knew anything about her or her family; only to find out from his wife, Mildred, that Clarisse had passed away and her family moved. Guy Montag went on, living his life burning down houses that were filled with illegal books, until one night he encounters a woman who chose to take her own life by staying to burn with her books. Guy is intrigued with the thought of why she decided to burn with her books, and had enough time to steal one without any of the other fireman notice. Watching that woman burn sicked Montag and his boss Beatty decides to visit him and educate him on the firemen history. Beatty informs Guy that if he ever stole a book they would give him 24 hours to burn it so they would realize that books were not important. That same night Guy shows his wife, Mildred, that he had a secret; he had books hidden in their ventilator grille and wants to educate his wife on the knowledge he has gained. Mildred is against it and Guy montag needs someone he can talk to, since Clarisse is gone there …show more content…

Guy Montag advocates for his beliefs, the beliefs that there is more to life than just personal vices and what his current society believes to be as “happiness”. I admire the fact that he realizes that it is okay to be different, knowledgeable, and to ask questions.
In the book the author states, “Maybe you took two pills and forgot and took two more, and forgot again and took two more . . .” (Bradbury). This shows the theme of suicide, Mildred tries to commit suicide very often throughout the story; the author also writes about how other unknown characters have commited suicide as well. The evidence also shows that they used the lord's’ name in vain when the author states, “Good God, it isn’t as simple as just picking up a book you just laid down half a century ago” (Bradbury).
I believe that Fahrenheit 451 should not be banned because it is form of teaching history, specifically communism. Guy Montag lives in a society where everyone is equal and “problems” are non-existent. Although, they fear those who do have knowledge and either arrest or kill those who do commit communist crimes, which in this case was reading books. It’s an entertaining way of teaching how Ray Bradbury suggested what our society would turn into while incorporating how communism was huge scare to those who lived during that

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