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See all 92 questions about Fahrenheit This is chiefly because the book is full of assumptions and vague symbolism which can be taken many ways, and . The Classic book Fahrenheit by Ray Bradbury. In a futuristic society, books are illegal, and firemen are tasked to burn any they find. Full description. Fahrenheit full text in pdf. nvrehs.info Pancake Hollow Rd. • Highland, NY Phone: () • Fax: ()
Through most of the book, Montag lacks knowledge and believes only what he hears. Clarisse McClellan is a young girl one month short of her 17th birthday who is Montag's neighbor. She walks with Montag on his trips home from work. She is unpopular among peers and disliked by teachers for asking "why" instead of "how" and focusing on nature rather than on technology.
A few days after her first meeting with Montag, she disappears without any explanation; Mildred tells Montag and Captain Beatty confirms that Clarisse was hit by a speeding car and that her family moved away following her death. In the afterword of a later edition, Bradbury notes that the film adaptation changed the ending so that Clarisse who, in the film, is now a year-old schoolteacher who was fired for being unorthodox was living with the exiles.
Bradbury, far from being displeased by this, was so happy with the new ending that he wrote it into his later stage edition. Mildred "Millie" Montag is Guy Montag's wife. She is addicted to sleeping pills, absorbed in the shallow dramas played on her "parlor walls" flat-panel televisions , and indifferent to the oppressive society around her. She is described in the book as "thin as a praying mantis from dieting, her hair burnt by chemicals to a brittle straw, and her flesh like white bacon.
After Montag scares her friends away by reading Dover Beach, and finding herself unable to live with someone who has been hoarding books, Mildred betrays Montag by reporting him to the firemen and abandoning him, and dies when the city is bombed.
Captain Beatty is Montag's boss and the book's main antagonist. Once an avid reader, he has come to hate books due to their unpleasant content and contradicting facts and opinions. After attempting to force Montag to burn his house, Montag kills him with a flamethrower, only to later realize that Beatty had given him the flamethrower and goaded him on purpose so that Montag would kill him. However, it is still unclear whether or not Beatty was ever on Montag's side, or if he was just suicidal.
In a scene written years later by Bradbury for the Fahrenheit play, Beatty invites Montag to his house where he shows him walls of books left to molder on their shelves. Stoneman and Black are Montag's coworkers at the firehouse. They do not have a large impact on the story and function only to show the reader the contrast between the firemen who obediently do as they are told and someone like Montag, who formerly took pride in his job but subsequently realizes how damaging it is to society.
Black is later framed by Montag for possessing books. Faber is a former English professor. He has spent years regretting that he did not defend books when he saw the moves to ban them. Montag turns to him for guidance, remembering him from a chance meeting in a park sometime earlier.
Faber at first refuses to help Montag, and later realizes Montag is only trying to learn about books, not destroy them. He secretly communicates with Montag through an electronic ear-piece and helps Montag escape the city, then gets on a bus to St.
Louis and escapes the city himself before it is bombed. Bradbury notes in his afterword that Faber is part of the name of a German manufacturer of pencils, Faber-Castell. Ann Bowles and Mrs. Clara Phelps are Mildred's friends and representative of the anti-intellectual, hedonistic mainstream society presented in the novel.
During a social visit to Montag's house, they brag about ignoring the bad things in their lives and have a cavalier attitude towards the upcoming war, their husbands, their children, and politics. Phelps' husband Pete was called in to fight in the upcoming war and believes that he'll be back in a week because of how quick the war will be and thinks having children serves no purpose other than to ruin lives. Bowles is a thrice-married single mother. Her first husband divorced her, her second died in a jet accident, and her third committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.
She has two children who do not like or respect her due to her permissive, often negligent and abusive parenting; Mrs. Bowles brags that her kids beat her up, and she's glad she can hit back. When Montag reads Dover Beach to them, he strikes a chord in Mrs.
Phelps, who starts crying over how hollow her life is. Bowles chastises Montag for reading "silly awful hurting words".
Granger is the leader of a group of wandering intellectual exiles who memorize books in order to preserve their contents. Title[ edit ] The title page of the book explains the title as follows: Fahrenheit —The temperature at which book paper catches fire and burns After graduating from high school, Bradbury's family could not afford for him to attend college so Bradbury began spending time at the Los Angeles Public Library where he essentially educated himself.
Wells , because, at the time, they were not deemed literary enough. Between this and learning about the destruction of the Library of Alexandria ,  a great impression was made on the young man about the vulnerability of books to censure and destruction. Later, as a teenager, Bradbury was horrified by the Nazi book burnings  and later by Joseph Stalin 's campaign of political repression, the " Great Purge ", in which writers and poets, among many others, were arrested and often executed.
The House Un-American Activities Committee HUAC , formed in to investigate American citizens and organizations suspected of having communist ties, held hearings in to investigate alleged communist influence in Hollywood movie-making. These hearings resulted in the blacklisting of the so-called " Hollywood Ten ",  a group of influential screenwriters and directors. This governmental interference in the affairs of artists and creative types greatly angered Bradbury.
The rise of Senator Joseph McCarthy 's hearings hostile to accused communists , beginning in , deepened Bradbury's contempt for government overreach. By about , the Cold War was in full swing, and the American public's fear of nuclear warfare and communist influence was at a feverish level. The stage was set for Bradbury to write the dramatic nuclear holocaust ending of Fahrenheit , exemplifying the type of scenario feared by many Americans of the time. Bradbury saw these forms of media as a threat to the reading of books, indeed as a threat to society, as he believed they could act as a distraction from important affairs.
This contempt for mass media and technology would express itself through Mildred and her friends and is an important theme in the book. For many years, he tended to single out "The Pedestrian" in interviews and lectures as sort of a proto-Fahrenheit In the Preface of his anthology Match to Flame: The Fictional Paths to Fahrenheit he states that this is an oversimplification. The following covers the most salient aspects. In late ,  Bradbury was stopped and questioned by a police officer while walking late one night.
Alone and without an alibi , Mead is taken to the "Psychiatric Center for Research on Regressive Tendencies" for his peculiar habit. Fahrenheit would later echo this theme of an authoritarian society distracted by broadcast media. Publication history[ edit ] The first U.
Shortly after the paperback, a hardback version was released that included a special edition of signed and numbered copies bound in asbestos. Bradbury demanded that Ballantine Books withdraw that version and replace it with the original, and in the original version once again became available.
In this reinstated work, in the Author's Afterword, Bradbury relates to the reader that it is not uncommon for a publisher to expurgate an author's work, but he asserts that he himself will not tolerate the practice of manuscript "mutilation".
Anthony Boucher and J. Francis McComas were less enthusiastic, faulting the book for being "simply padded, occasionally with startlingly ingenious gimmickry, Schuyler Miller characterized the title piece as "one of Bradbury's bitter, almost hysterical diatribes," while praising its "emotional drive and compelling, nagging detail.
The following are some notable incidents: In , Fahrenheit was given "third tier" status by the Bay County School Board in Panama City , Florida under then-superintendent Leonard Hall's new three-tier classification system. In addition, the parents protested the violence, portrayal of Christians, and depictions of firemen in the novel. Indeed, when Bradbury wrote the novel during the McCarthy era , he was concerned about censorship in the United States. During a radio interview in ,   Bradbury said: I wrote this book at a time when I was worried about the way things were going in this country four years ago.
Too many people were afraid of their shadows; there was a threat of book burning. Many of the books were being taken off the shelves at that time. And of course, things have changed a lot in four years.
Things are going back in a very healthy direction. But at the time I wanted to do some sort of story where I could comment on what would happen to a country if we let ourselves go too far in this direction, where then all thinking stops, and the dragon swallows his tail, and we sort of vanish into a limbo and we destroy ourselves by this sort of action. As time went by, Bradbury tended to dismiss censorship as a chief motivating factor for writing the story.
Instead he usually claimed that the real messages of Fahrenheit were about the dangers of an illiterate society infatuated with mass media and the threat of minority and special interest groups to books. In the late s, Bradbury recounted: In writing the short novel Fahrenheit , I thought I was describing a world that might evolve in four or five decades.
But only a few weeks ago, in Beverly Hills one night, a husband and wife passed me, walking their dog. I stood staring after them, absolutely stunned. The woman held in one hand a small cigarette-package-sized radio, its antenna quivering. From this sprang tiny copper wires which ended in a dainty cone plugged into her right ear. There she was, oblivious to man and dog, listening to far winds and whispers and soap-opera cries, sleep-walking, helped up and down curbs by a husband who might just as well not have been there.
This was not fiction. In a interview, Bradbury maintained that people misinterpret his book and that Fahrenheit is really a statement on how mass media like television marginalizes the reading of literature. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches. Students, reading the novel, which, after all, deals with censorship and book-burning in the future, wrote to tell me of this exquisite irony. Judy-Lynn del Rey , one of the new Ballantine editors, is having the entire book reset and republished this summer with all the damns and hells back in place.
According to Bradbury, it is the people, not the state, who are the culprit in Fahrenheit Two major themes are resistance to conformity and control of individuals via technology and mass media.
Bradbury explores how the government is able to use mass media to influence society and suppress individualism through book burning. The characters Beatty and Faber point out that the American population is to blame. And I am happy that it is standing the test of time because of the important ideas it does bring up and make one consider.
It's just in terms of narratives I did not enjoy this book, it didn't feel like a book. There were no reasons for anything. Everything felt incohesive and for the simple sake to get a point across. The characters felt flat and wooden, especially the female ones. I especially disliked the arch of Guy's wife or lack there of an arch at all. It made me detach from the book and only see the ideas Bradbury was presenting rather then whatever story he was telling.
However this is just how I felt about the book, I didn't enjoy it.
I'd rather read Brave New World again which describe all of these ideas extremely better and eloquently. And it's just my opinion, and my opinion isn't fact, obviously.
Faber explicitly says that these ideas could just as well be transmitted via the TV or radio, but they are not. Instead of the vacuous media being the consequence of top-down government censorship, it was instead the bottom-up desire to flatten competence hierarchies mixed with publishers seeking expanded market reach by removing all potential sources of offense thereby removing all meaningful content.
Unlike Orwell's communism-inspired super-state, or Huxley's vision of authoritarian capitalism, F has struck far closer to the real risks we face today. Granted, F depicts the world into which we would be delivered if we make all the wrong decisions, but it's still a very real destination of which we should be aware one of the central points made during the book's conclusion.
With publishers removing all forms of potential offense from their content look at recent events in the games industry, e. Taken together, it seems to me that Bradbury did not mistake the medium for the message.
He made it clear that the message is medium-independent, and that message is as prescient as ever. My Language Arts teacher assigns us a book report; tells us we can choose the book but that our grade will be based on the maturity of the novel the report is based upon.
My mother and I are in K-mart. I've mentioned to her about this book report to be done, and so before we leave with a basket filled with clothes I know I will be embarrassed to wear, we stop by the rack of books. She selects a few pulp paperback titles, throws them into the cart.
A few days later she hands me F I am in 6th grade.
A few days later she hands me Fahrenheit You should like it. When does a 12 year-old boy like anything that his mother does? I admit to myself that the cover looks really awesome - a black suited, menacing man shooting flames over something that looks like books.
I give it a go. Tearing through the pages, the chapters, the three sections, I finish it over a weekend and am in awe. A fireman that starts fires? Books are outlawed? I look at the small library that I've had since childhood; a shelf of about 30 books. They now look to my 12 year old eyes as books of a child. Fahrenheit is the book that launched me from childhood, my first book dealing with the adult world. I ask my mother to box up my old books and put them in the attic.
I am proud to start a new library with this novel as my first edition. I carefully, lovingly, sign my name on the inside cover. Let the firemen come, I think, I am proud to be a book-reader. I continue to read this book again and again through the years.
I enroll in a college course at Penn State my freshman year, simply because this book is on the course materials. I memorized the entire poem Dover Beach because it is the selection Bradbury chose to have Montag read aloud to his wife and her friends.
As the years roll by, and I age through my 20s and 30s, I noticed that fewer and fewer of the people I know read any books. Even my avid reading friends from childhood moved on to their careers, their marriages, their children.