MWDS Fahrenheit 451
AP English Literature and Composition MAJOR WORKS DATA SHEET
Title: Fahrenheit 451
Author: Ray Bradbury
Date of Publication: 1953
genre: Science Fiction
Biographical Information about the Author
Ray Bradbury was born August 22, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. As a child he enjoyed extremely mystical home entertainment and works. At 12 or 13 he began writing his own pieces. After high school he could not pay for college because they had no cash it this was the time throughout the anxiety so he pent 3 days out of the week for 10 years in the library. He died June 5, 2012 in L. A., California.
Historic Info about the period of publication
-Throughout the time of WWII and Nazis were burning books
-The atomic bomb was created in this time period
-Reading levels were beginning to go down because of the tv and its strong impact on society
Attributes of the Genre
-Sci-fi makes predictions about life in the future or in an alternative world.
-addresses the concerns that society has and is usually blunt about
Guy Montag is a fireman in charge of burning books and ruining anything and everything that relates to knowledge and literature. Montag quickly satisfies Clarisse and realizes that the knowledge and the world around him are various than what society states that it is. He then yearns for the understanding and begins stealing the books from your houses that they are burning down. Later on becoming pals with teacher Faber, Montag is growing in his knowledge and producing a plan to take down the head firefighter, Captain Beatty. Soon Beatty finds out what Montag has been doing and tries to expose him by making him burn is own home down. Montag later died attempting to do so and Montag runs as a fugitive down the river where he satisfies a lot of people similar to himself. Montag then finds himself taking pleasure in the group of intellectuals like himself and discovers that the city that he ran away has actually been bombed so they choose to go back to the city.
Describe the author’s style
An example that shows that style
-He uses strong vocabulary but easily comprehended so he can easily get his point throughout.
-Strong use of signs and metaphors
-Strong sentence structures but periodically utilizes fragments to add onfusion
-“I do not think I ‘d like that” he stated.
-“He said hey there and after that stated, “What are you already””
-“She smiled as she saw Montag. ”
-“I’m still crazy. The rain feels good. I like to stroll in it. ”
Role in the Story
Main character, Firefighter that likes knowledge, developer of modification
Lady who Montag fulfills in the start of the story
Clarisse starts Montag’s passion for literature and knowledge
Captain of the firefighters and he’s the one who finds Montag’s secret and attempts to make him burn down his own house
Assists Montag’s knowledge grow and gives him a various understanding and a safe haven to check out and find out
Significance of opening scene
Montag is brainwashed up till the point where he satisfies Clarisse and after that his brand-new curiosity blooms. Clarisse triggers a brand-new flame in Montag and it makes him question everything he has actually been doing throughout his life as a firefighter.
Significance of ending/closing scene
They go back to the city that has originally pushed hem away because of their passion for understanding. This scene is substantial since before the bomb they were castaways now they can go back to the damaged city and live in harmony without being wanted.
Fire- control over individuals
Mechanical Hounds- more control over the people and fear into the hearts of the law breakers
Books- truth and knowledge about the world and the people around them
Salamander- The sign as the master of the fire Old AP
Life isn’t always what it is depicted as to the general public.
Knowing oneself is a great journey with endless self-discovery.