Major Works Data Sheet for the Fahrenheit 451

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

Plot Summary

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. ”

Unforgettable Quotes
Characters Call
Role in the Story

Person Montag
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 Beatty
Captain of the firefighters and he’s the one who finds Montag’s secret and attempts to make him burn down his own house

Montag’s mentor
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


Possible Styles
Life isn’t always what it is depicted as to the general public.
Knowing oneself is a great journey with endless self-discovery.

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