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Fahrenheit 451 Summary
Ray Bradbury

Everything you need to understand or teach Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

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Fahrenheit 451 Summary

Plot Summary

This prophetic novel, first written and published in the early 1950s, is set in a future where books, and the ideas they represent and manifest, are burned to prevent disruptions in society. Its central character, Guy Montag, is a fireman responsible to that society for ensuring those burnings takes place, but an unexpected chain of events leads him to question both himself and the society in which he lives. Through its intense, action-packed telling of Montag's story, the narrative explores themes relating to the need for and power of independent thought, humanity's capacity for self-limitation, and the value of courage.

The novel begins with a graphic description of the pleasure and satisfaction experienced by Montag as he burns a house and the collection of books it once concealed. Later, as he walks home, he encounters a beautiful young woman who disturbs him with probing questions about happiness. Over...

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