Fahrenheit 451


Author:  Ray Bradbury

Title:  Fahrenheit 451

Genre: Science Fiction

Publication Date: 1953

Number of Pages: 167

Geographical Setting: Future America

Time Period: In the future

Series: N/A

Plot Summary: Guy Montag is a firefighter. This book is all about how firefighters are the people who start the fires. They burn the home of people who possess books whether they are in them or not. Books are highly dangerous because they make people think. Montag secretly hides the books that he should be burning and the action really starts when people find out what he has done. He must then decide what is worth fighting for and if books truly are that important?

Subject Headings: Book burning, Science fiction, Political fiction, Totalitarianism, Satire, Censorship, State-sponsored terrorism

Appeal: engrossing, intriguing, insightful, complex, literary references, thought-provoking, political, bittersweet, dangerous, nightmare, academic, classic, smart, sophisticated, well-crafted

3 terms that best describes this book: Dystopia, submission, censorship

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

  • Burning Books and Leveling Libraries: Extremist Violence and Cultural Destruction by Rebecca Knuth. It is about preserving our world’s cultural, intellectual and artistic heritage.
  • Television: Technology and Cultural form by Raymond Williams. It is about how television has become a part of everyday society.
  • Television and American Culture by Jason Mittel. It is about how American culture is influenced by television.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. It is about a utopian world state in which everyone is provided for and the people are all drugged to make it easier to rule them.
  • 1984 by George Orwell. It is about a future of totalitarianism in which one man attempts to find individuality.
  • Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers. It is about a Harlem teenager who joins the service after not getting into college and his attempt to find virtue as he wonders why blacks are given the most dangerous missions in the Vietnam War.

Name: Emily


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