Book Title: Fahrenheit 451 Author: Ray Bradbury Original date of publication: 1953 Part
A.) The Author. Visit the reference section of a library. Drawing from at least two
sources, share the life story of the author. Discuss how the author’s life and
circumstances may have influenced the novel. (Use your own words.) Ray Bradbury Ray
Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois on August 22, 1920. Ray Bradbury is an
American novelist, short-story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, and poet.
Bradbury’s first book that got published was “Hollerbochens Dilemma”. Bradbury’s most
popular novel, was Fahrenheit 451, it was released in 1953. Ray Bradbury has been
awarded the O. Henry Memorial Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award in 1954.
Bradbury was an imaginative child, and being the creative child he was he was prone to
nightmares. I think the way he thought when he was a child is finally coming out and he
is writing about his fantasies. Source: May, Keith M. Aldous Huxley. Paul Elek Books
Ltd., 1972 Source: Allen, Walter The Modern Novel. Dutton, 1964 Part B.) The Plot. In
clear careful sentences. Summarize the plot. Try to limit your synopsis to 300-350 words.
This book takes place in the future, in Elm City. The book takes place around a man
named, Guy Montage. Guy was married to his wife, Mildred Montage. Guy had an
unusual job; it was not to put out fires but to start them. He would start books on fire,
because it was against the law to read books. The reason the books were being burnt was
because people were afraid of them, they thought they put bad ideas in your head that you
don’t need, at least that is what Guys boss Captain Beatty believed. Guy never thought he
was doing anything wrong till he talked to a seventeen-year-old girl, who said that people
weren’t always afraid of books. Then the next time he was supposed to burn some books,
he took one home with him. Later on his boss Captain Beatty found out, and she said this
was his only chance, and he ignored it and she later burns down his house, and then his
wife left him because of it. All he had was a book, and with that he fought the society.