Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451

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Katharina Karner Ray Bradbury, FAHRENHEIT 451 Fahrenheit 451: The temperature at which book-paper catches fire and burns Date of publication: 1954 Type of story: Science Fiction Novel Main characters: - Guy Montag: he is the main character of the story; works as a fireman first but then discovers the worth of books and turns to a rebel. - Clarisse McClellan: makes Montag think. She describes herself as 17 and crazy. By others she s called anti-sozial, but on her opinion she isn t. - Captain Beatty: He is the captain of the firemen. He has read a lot but fights against books now. First he is a friend of Montag but then he turns into his greatest enemy. - Professor Faber: An ancient English-professor. Montag convinces him to help him with his fight against the firemen. - Mildred Montag: Montag s wife, who believes in the social system and turns herself against her husband, when he lets her see the books he has stolen. - Granger: kind of leader of the dissidents. Interpretation: Fahrenheit 451 is a classic Science Fiction novel. Its plot is built up chronologically and not very complex. The characters are well-drawn although not directly characterized. The characterisation is made mainly by direct speeches of the characters and their acting. Plot: The story takes place some time in the future, when Guy Montag works as a fireman in a big city. It is his job to burn books, which are forbidden in this society, because people consider them as dangerous. In this society it is the ...

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