Annotated Bibliography of Fahrenheit 451

Annotated Bibliography of Fahrenheit 451

Annotated Bibliography of Fahrenheit 451 Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Simon & Shuster Paperbacks, 1995. Electronic. In Ray Bradbury’s classic science fiction novel, Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag works as a fireman in a futuristic dystopia where the knowledge learned from literature is considered to be a heavy burden, so all books are burned. The protagonist, Montag, emerges as a deep-thinking and lonely individual throughout the story. Montag is faced with many philosophical challenges throughout the book, and his wisdom is years ahead of his time.

The story begins with Montag working hard as a fireman, following orders and never considering impact that his career makes on others. When Montag meets a girl named Clarisse McClellan, he takes a moment and considers how his work affects people. Later, Montag finds out that Clarisse has been killed; this triggers a chain reaction which makes him change his view on his society and work. At work, Montag was affected through a situation where a woman is burned along with her books. Montag also recalls meeting an English professor at a park named Faber, so he called the man and scheduled a meeting.

After meeting with Faber and seeing all that he had, Montag was on the edge of mental collapse. Then, it is discovered that Montag was keeping a stash of booking in his air conditioning vent. Shortly after, Montag fails to attend work, creating a situation where his boss, Capitan Beatty, visits Montag in his home. Beatty gives Montag a long speech about why books are so useless and why firemen had to step in. Afterwards, Montag returns to Faber and gets a special radio to communicate directly to Faber.

When Montag returns to work, he goes on a call where the destination is his own house. Montag has to make decisions to help save his society from corruptness. Ray Bradbury’s style was almost immaculate. The word choice that Bradbury used, although sometimes at a high level, was superbly descriptive and you could picture everything he describes. His imagery was precise and created a vivid definition of his description. Breaking out of the box, the plotline of Fahrenheit 451 was exceedingly unique, causing the reader to think about his or her actions.

The book was suspenseful, almost to a fault. I did not enjoy how intense certain portions of the book were, but this is what created such an enormous impact on the reader. Never letting the reader off the edge of their seat, the book was thrilling. The rising action of the story was captivating. Not having a slow start was one of the things that I enjoyed the most about this book. Climaxing with a fantastic, thought- provoking ending made this book one of the finest pieces of literature I have ever read.

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