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In the beginning Guy Montag was a fireman whose duty was to set fires but not just burn anything his job was to burn books. Everything was simple for Guy and for everybody else; books were for burning and also the houses of which they were hidden in.

Guy loved his job he had done his job for ten years. He loved to burn books on the midnight run watching the pages burn with fire till they were no more. Guy never questioned what he had to do because it was his job. Guy was a 3rd generation fireman who suddenly realizes the emptiness of his life. And starts to search for meanings in the books he is supposed to be burning. He is rash and has a hard time thinking for himself but is determined to break free from the oppression of ignorance and he also has the talent for making the right mistakes.

He forms unusually strong attachments quickly with anyone who seems receptive to true friendship his biggest regret in life is not having a better relationship with his wife.

Until he met a girl n amed Clarisse Mclellan. A young girl of seventeen whom introduced Montag to the world's potential for beauty and meaning with her gentle innocence and curiosity. She is an outcast from society because of her odd habits. But she and her family are genuinely happy with themselves and each other. One night on Montag's run he was burning a house that had been hiding books, he poured gasoline all over the front of the house and on the books. When he saw that the fire had went out he went back to the fire station to clean himself up. When he was walking home he was looking at the stars and he was thinking to himself. Then he meet this girl they started to talk and the girl would always keep asking Guy questions about why he did what he did. She told him that in the past people were free to do as they pleased and no one could stop them. And that books where a good thing. That night after having this chat with this girl he went home to find his wife lying in bed past out with an empty pill bottle on the bed. He tried to wake her but she would not awaken so Guy dialed 911.

The paramedics got to Guy's house they hooked her up to a machine that would take out the bad blood and put in the good after they did this they said that she would be fine. In the morning When she had awaken the next day she did not know what happened and Guy did not want her to find out about what she had done so he made up a lie. Now Guy did not know that his wife tried to kill herself that night he had thought that she had taken one pill and a little later she had forgotten that she had taken one so she took another pill and she kept on doing this through the hole night.

Guy has never taken into consideration that his wife might be trying to kill herself. On Guys way to work he saw the girl again and Guy asked her what she was doing out of school and she told him that school is boring and that they don't let you think for yourself. Then she started to ask questions about his family and about his job and why he liked burning books.

Then Guy had met a professor named Faber, an old man intellectual. That Montag met in the park one day a year before all this happened Faber still possesses a few precious books and aches to have more. He readily admits that the current state of things is due to the cowardice of people like himself. Who would not speak out against the book burning when they still could have stopped it? He berates himself for being a coward who hides behind the audio transmitter device he has designed and lets Montag take all the risks. But he is capable of acts, which require great courage and place him in considerable danger. Faber who told him that in the future that people could think for them selves and that there would be no more burning of books and that people would stand up against the people who tried to control them before.

Then Guy had realized what he had done was wrong, that burning books and the houses they were hidden in. So Guy Montag did everything in his power to stop the burning of the books.

At the end Guy, Montag and his new friends get a bomb Dropped on them. They all survive and are able to live to keep spreading the word that books are good but before they go on spreading the word they realize that because of people wanting to ban books that it had destroyed them and people they new and loved.

There where many new scenes written for this book, they added odd parts to this book the result of the new scenes were a two-act drama they had good results and fine reviews about Fahrenheit 451.

The book Fahrenheit 451 was written by Ray Bradbury, the original name for this classic best seller was going to be the Fireman. Fahrenheit 451 stands for the temperature of which paper book burns.

It also gives us a closer look at censorship. It tells us that we the people should not have to hide books because they are illegal to read. Mr. Bradbury wrote this book to tell us that we have the right to read books. It is an account of this insane world with resemblance to our own world.

Like in world war two Hitler had books burned because the books gave a vision of a free world like they did in Fahrenheit 451. Hopefully this will never happen again in the United States, were people decide what we can read and can not read this was Bradbury's main ideal in his book.