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By Bradbury, Ray

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Title: Fahrenheit 451
Author: Bradbury, Ray
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Drama and Literature, Dystopia
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Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel by American writer Ray Bradbury, published in 1953. It is regarded as one of his best works.[3] The novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and 'firemen' burn any that are found.[4] The book's tagline explains the title: 'Fahrenheit 451 – the temperature at which book paper catches fire, and burns ..' The novel has been the subject of interpretations focusing on the historical role of book burning in suppressing dissenting ideas. In a 1956 radio interview,[5] Bradbury stated that he wrote Fahrenheit 451 because of his concerns at the time (during the McCarthy era) about the threat of book burning in the United States. In later years, he described the book as a commentary on how mass media reduces interest in reading literature.[6] In 1954, Fahrenheit 451 won the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature and the Commonwealth Club of California Gold Medal.[7][8][9] It has since won the Prometheus 'Hall of Fame' Award in 1984[10] and a 1954 'Retro' Hugo Award, one of only four Best Novel Retro Hugos ever given, in 2004.[11] Bradbury was honored with a Spoken Word Grammy nomination for his 1976 audiobook version.[12] Adaptations include François Truffaut's 1966 film adaptation of the novel and a 1982 BBC Radio dramatization. Bradbury published a stage play version in 1979[13] and helped develop a 1984 interactive fiction computer game titled Fahrenheit 451, and a collection of his short stories, A Pleasure to Burn.
Guy Montag is a 'fireman' employed to burn the possessions of those who read outlawed books. He is married and has no children. One fall night while returning from work, he meets his new neighbor, a teenage girl named Clarisse McClellan, whose free-thinking ideals and liberating spirit cause him to question his life and his own perceived happiness. Montag returns home to find that his wife Mildred has overdosed on sleeping pills, and he calls for medical attention. Two uncaring EMTs come over to pump Mildred's stomach, drain her poisoned blood, and fill her with new blood. After the EMTs leave to rescue another overdose victim, Montag watches over Mildred, watching the new blood fill her pallid cheeks. Montag then goes outside, overhearing Clarisse and her family talk about the way life is in this hedonistic, illiterate society. Montag's mind is bombarded with Clarisse's subversive thoughts and the memory of his wife's near-death. The next day, Montag finds Mildred in the kitchen, with no memory of what happened and talking incessantly about being hungry from an alleged hangover she has from a party she thought she attended last night. Over the next few days, Clarisse faithfully meets Montag as he walks home. She tells him about how her simple pleasures and interests make her an outcast among her peers and how she's forced to go to therapy for her behavior and thoughts. Montag looks forward to these meetings, and just as he begins to expect them, Clarisse goes absent. He senses something is wrong.
The novel is divided into three parts: 'The Hearth and the Salamander', 'The Sieve and the Sand', and 'Burning Bright'.

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From the opening through Montag’s arrival at home


Guy Montag is a fireman in charge of burning books ina grim, futuristic United States. The book opens with a brief descriptionof the pleasure he experiences while on the job one evening. Hewears a helmet emblazoned with the numeral 451 (thetemperature at which paper burns), a black uniform with a salamanderon the arm, and a “phoenix disc” on his chest. On his way home fromthe fire station, he feels a sense of nervous anticipation. Aftersuspecting a lingering nearby presence, he meets his newneighbor, an inquisitive and unusual seventeen-year-old named ClarisseMcClellan. She immediately recognizes him as a fireman and seemsfascinated by him and his uniform. She explains that she is “crazy”and proceeds to suggest that the original duty of firemen was toextinguish fires rather than to light them. She asks him about hisjob and tells him that she comes from a strange family that doessuch peculiar things as talk to each other and walk places (beinga pedestrian, like reading, is against the law).

Clarisse’s strangeness makes Guy nervous, and he laughsrepeatedly and involuntarily. She reminds him in different waysof candlelight, a clock, and a mirror. He cannot help feeling somehow attractedto her: she fascinates him with her outrageous questions, unorthodoxlifestyle, perceptive observations, and “incredible power of identification.”She asks him if he is happy and then disappears into her house.Pondering the absurd question, he enters his house and muses aboutthis enigmatic stranger and her comprehension of his “innermosttrembling thought.”

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“The Hearth and the Salamander” focuses on Montag’s jobas a fireman and his home life. The hearth, or fireplace, is a traditionalsymbol of the home, and the salamander is one of the official symbolsof the firemen, as well as what they call their fire trucks. Bothof these symbols have to do with fire, the dominant image of Montag’slife—the hearth because it contains the fire that heats a home,and the salamander because of ancient beliefs that it lives in fireand is unaffected by flames. Montag enjoys his job burning booksand takes great pride in it; at the beginning of the novel, it largelydefines his character. The opening passage describes thepleasure he experiences while burning books. He loves the spectacle ofburning and seeing things “changed” by the fire, and his fire-inducedgrin seldom leaves his face. He even loves the smell of kerosene,which never quite washes off his body, and which he describes toClarisse as “perfume.”

As we later learn, Montag’s society has abandoned booksin favor of hollow, frenetic entertainment and instant gratification.At the beginning of the novel, Montag, like everyone else, disdains whathe does not understand, and by burning books he creates a spectaclethat pleases the frightened masses. He has a position of respectin his society, and Clarisse’s lack of respect or fear of his authorityis one of the ways in which she first distinguishes herself fromthe general population.

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Clarisse is extremely inquisitive and thoughtful,and she irritates Montag at first because she challenges his mostdeeply ingrained beliefs with her innocent questioning. In a society wherereading, driving slowly, and walking outside for any length of timeare outlawed and a candid conversation is a rare and suspiciousevent, Clarisse’s gentle love of nature and people is truly peculiar.She is forced to go to a psychiatrist for strange behaviors suchas hiking, catching butterflies, and thinking independently. Herfamily is responsible for teaching her to be so quietly rebellious,especially her uncle. At night, the McClellan house is lit up brightly,contrasting sharply with the darkness and silence of the other houses.Montag is ignorant of the past of which Clarisse speaks and accusesher of thinking too much. Nevertheless, Clarisse opens Montag’seyes to the beauties of the natural world, and she recognizes thathe is not like everyone else and has the potential to be a thinkingindividual like her. Before their meeting, Montag’s familiaritywith nature was limited to his fascination with fire.

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Montag’s feelings toward Clarisse are ambivalent, a combinationof fascination and repulsion. Clarisse removes Montag’s mask ofhappiness, forcing him to confront the deeper reality of his situation,and his discomfort manifests itself in his involuntary bursts of spiteful,confused laughter. She seems like a mirror to him with her “incrediblepower of identification.” He feels that she is profoundly connectedto him somehow, as if she had been waiting for him. Later, lookingback on his first encounter with her, Clarisse’s face seems to presagefurther darkness before a new light.